ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orange County Public Schools is one of six Florida school districts that has been awarded millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education.

Districts were encouraged to enhance educator salaries through one of two models -- career ladders or performance-based pay.

Orange County’s plan focused on a performance-based pay initiative with a focus on teachers who demonstrated their ability to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs into those areas as well as reading, literacy and the arts.

Orange County will receive more than $7 million in the first two years of funding.

The six Florida districts, which also included Broward, Gilchrist, Hillsborough, Lee, and Miami-Dade, were awarded more than $66 million total.

Florida had six of 35 districts chosen from across the country.

For more information, visit the Teacher Incentive Fund.