Despite promise of extra cash, teachers want out of tough Florida schools

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Change a child's life," says the blue and white brochure touting a teaching career at Maximo Elementary, one of Pinellas County's poorest elementary schools.

Teachers who come to Maximo — where nine of 10 students live in poverty — should have an open heart, a strong mind and the "resilience to greet daily challenges with a positive attitude," the pamphlet says. Teachers will receive a $3,000 recruitment bonus, with more payouts for staying on multiple years.

For five schools in Pinellas facing restructuring for chronic low performance, hiring and keeping good teachers is a never-ending battle.

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