Newspaper: Florida's Top Teachers Found at Affluent Schools ; Florida Teachers Who Benefited from the State's Controversial "Best and Brightest" Bonus Plan Are More Than Twice as Likely to Work with Students from More Affluent Families Than with Youngsters Living in Poverty, an Orlando Sentinel Analysis Has Found

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Newspaper: Florida's Top Teachers Found at Affluent Schools ; Florida Teachers Who Benefited from the State's Controversial "Best and Brightest" Bonus Plan Are More Than Twice as Likely to Work with Students from More Affluent Families Than with Youngsters Living in Poverty, an Orlando Sentinel Analysis Has Found


Florida

Top teachers from affluent schools

ORLANDO -- New bonus payments aimed at attracting and keeping good teachers in Florida have gone disproportionately to those who work with students from affluent families, an analysis by a Florida newspaper has found.

Teachers who received bonuses under the $44 million "best and brightest" teacher scholarship program started last year were more than twice as likely to work with students from affluent families than with students living in poverty, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday.

The report highlights how the bonuses have failed to address the state's long-standing goal of more equitably distributing quality educators.

The newspaper's analysis of education data on the statewide program found that for every 954 students in a high poverty Florida school this year there was only one bonus-winning teacher. But the ratio was far less for those schools with students from more affluent homes, one "best and brightest" teacher for every 398 students.

Man, 39, run over

three times, dies

ORLANDO -- A Florida man killed after being struck not once, not twice, but three times on a busy roadway in Orlando has investigators searching for two suspected hit-and-run drivers.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 39-year-old Rasheed Wiggins was standing in the grassy median of Universal Boulevard and Destination Parkway Saturday night when a car veered into him, sending him onto the roadway, where another car ran him over. Then cab driver, Fito Pierre, 47, who didn't see Wiggins, rolled over him. Pierre remained on scene to talk to troopers.

FHP investigators say they have few leads on the two suspected hit-and-run drivers. The first car was "a newer, white" car; the second car, also white with "a female driving."

New York

'Jungle Book' roars

at the box office

NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Co.'s "The Jungle Book" opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing the studio's streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics.

Opening in second place was Ice Cube's "Barbershop: The Next Cut" with $20. …

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