Governor Ron DeSantis announced a plan Thursday to invest $422 million in teacher bonuses, in hopes of piquing the interest of new teachers, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Approximately 45,000 teachers would receive a $9,000 annual raise if they are rated as “highly effective” and work at a school that grows by 1 percent in the school grade calculation.

Additionally, the Best and Brightest teacher rewards program would no longer base its distributions on a teacher’s SAT and ACT scores.

High-performing principals could expect to receive a $6,500 pay increase under the governor’s proposed plan.

Other proposed benefits include boosting the percentage of African-American teachers receiving bonuses from 1 percent to 9.8 percent, and a five-year commitment of $10 million annually for recruiting new teachers.

The plan would require approval by Florida lawmakers before teachers and principals receive any benefits.

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