Tentative Agreement On Best and Brightest
Osceola County School Board and Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) Reach Tentative Agreement On Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Program
Posted on 10/11/2019
Image of a teacher- Best and Brightest BannerOsceola School District's Bargaining Leadership Teams for its instructional and professional support staff employee bargaining units have reached tentative agreement on Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Program as defined by state law. The distribution of funds will recognize 3,410 instructional staff and 514 paraprofessionals with three awards: recruitment award, retention award, and recognition award. To view the details as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, visit

Once approved by the Osceola County School Board, eligible full-time K-12 and adult education instructional and paraprofessional employees receiving the retention and recognition awards would receive their awards no later than the second paycheck in December 2019. The recruitment award will be paid in two installments in the second paycheck in December 2019 and the second paycheck in May 2020.

"I am extremely happy that the School Board was able to work collaboratively with OCEA to reward as many high-performing teachers and paraprofessional employees as possible with these funds allocated by the state," said Clarence Thacker, Chairman of the Osceola County School Board. "Our intent is to get these dollars in our employees’ pockets quickly in recognition of their dedication and hard work."

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