Thirty-three schools that earned an “A” or went up a school grade share the money, which can be used to reward employees, purchase school equipment or hire temporary staff. Alternative schools ranked as “improving” also receive the funding, presented yearly through the state’s School Recognition Program.
The state’s accountability system is mostly based on student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
Scott visited East Naples Middle on Monday morning to hand over the check. In the hour he spent there, he recognized the principals of the 33 schools, gave a short speech and made small talk with students — joking that he’d convinced the student body president not to run for governor in 2014.