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House OK’s teacher pay rewrite

by John Kennedy | March 16th, 2011

House members wrangled for hours Wednesday before the powerful Republican majority drove through legislation revamping how Florida teachers are paid, defying union officials who now may renew their fight in court.

The 80-39 vote divided strictly along party lines — with Democrats on the losing end.

“This is unquestionably a footprint in the sand moment,” said House sponsor Erik Fresen, R-Miami. “You will regret this 20 years from now if you vote against it.”

But Democrats argued fiercely against the measure (CS/SB 736) which now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it into law.

Democrats blistered the proposal for outlining a merit-pay plan for teachers, but not providing any money for the new system. They also warned that with student performance key to teacher salaries, county school boards will have to divert dwindling school dollars toward more testing.

“This is the mother of all unfunded mandates,” said Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando.

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5 Responses to “House OK’s teacher pay rewrite”

  1. mt luckman Says:

    all the republicans are trying to do is kill the unions & the public schools @ race to the bottom of the national school ratings

  2. Arbar Says:

    Republicans have been trying to destroy public education for years – so they won’t have to pay for it.

    They’re succeeding.

  3. Kevin Says:

    This is an assault on public schools and unions in favor of charter schools. Republicans have had a majority in this state for along time so our current state of affairs are completely of their doing. Don’t expect any improvement in learning, if anything it will be worse because we won’t be able to hire good teachers and all the politicians want to do is test, test, test. If you care about your Childs education and can possibly find a way to afford it go private. It cost me over 100 grand to send my son to 13 years of private school and I got my money’s worth thank God. It’s all about your priorities.

  4. just beachy Says:

    Politicians uproot and cripple, then rewrite rules, agreements and laws to restructure funding via changes that profit their supporters who pay to get them elected. Follow the money. Watch who profits. Puppets pay back their sugar daddies. As old as time. This time it is the unions,education reform, teacher and service worker pay and bennies, health and social security, A while back, it was all the old Title 1 funding… Follow the money. greed and power. Power and Greed. America at its’ worst.

  5. Jack MeHoff Says:


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