Governor gives Florida teachers $33 million, seal of excellence for civics training

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that teachers received recognition for their civics training.


Over 11,000 teachers participated in the Florida Department of Education training and received over $33 million.

The Summer Civics Professional Learning Series and the Civics Seal of Excellence Endorsement give teachers tools to teach civics in the classroom.

The 50-hour online program had video lessons on America’s history and government.

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Each teacher that earned the endorsement received a stipend of $3,000.

DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education launched the Civics Seal of Excellence in January, and since then, the program has reached capacity at 20,000 teachers.

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“Understanding the founding principles of our nation is the key to protecting and maintaining our republic for generations to come,” DeSantis said. “Florida teachers are leading the way in civics education, which is demonstrated by our student success, especially when compared to the rest of the nation.”

DeSantis has focused on civics in education since taking office.

His administration and the FDOE created the Civics Literacy Excellence Initiative in July 2021 to improve civic literacy and Florida education.

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