Hanna: Best And Brightest Lawsuit Has Been A Long Time Coming

Sep 14, 2017

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Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna is applauding a lawsuit against the state’s “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program.

“It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been excited to be sued! This day has been a long time coming. I have been outspoken against this best and brightest program for a number of years and I look forward to standing side by side with Joanne McCall and others from the Florida Education Association and to try to talk some common sense in to the legislature and the governor and others to try to repeal this ridiculous teacher bonus program," Hanna says.

All of Florida’s 67 public school districts, including Leon, are named in the suit filed by the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union. The association alleges the program discriminates against black and Hispanic educators as well as those over 40 because it bases bonuses on a teacher’s SAT or ACT scores.