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Teacher pay bill set for House vote

by John Kennedy | March 15th, 2011

Outnumbered House Democrats sought to punch holes Tuesday in a sweeping plan pushed by ruling Republicans, which eliminates public school tenure and ties teacher pay to student performance.

With the House set to vote today on the measure already approved by the Senate, Democrats grilled House sponsor Erik Fresen, R-Miami, about the legislation (SB 736), which critics say is designed to punish a state’s teachers union that historically has poured millions of dollars into Democratic campaigns.

Fresen defended the measure, downplaying the politics and saying it will assure that Florida rewards the best teachers by giving them incentives to help students achieve.

“There’s nothing in this bill that micromanages how teaching is done,” said Fresen, chairman of the K-20 Competitiveness subcommittee. “It simply deals with contracts, evaluations and salary schedules.”

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2 Responses to “Teacher pay bill set for House vote”

  1. Teacher's are distroying America Says:

    State Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, the sponsor of the House version of the bill, said the measure isn’t telling school districts when they have to give raises. The evaluation and salary schedule must be in place, but raises are subject to available funds. “We’re not saying how much,” Fresen said during House debate on the proposal Tuesday. “We’re not even saying when.” This sums it up perfectly, merit pay will never be funded, better teachers will never be paid more, the true purpose of this bill is to strip teachers of their right to ‘do process’ so they can be fired at will with no reason given.

  2. OBIWAN Says:

    Is it YELLOWDOG JOURNALISM to publish known mislabled summaries of bills?

    YES, teacher evaluations and pay based on meritocracy have something to do with ‘pay’…

    … but shouldn’t you characterize the bill as it was filed?

    Students will be assessed based on specific end of course exams rather than comprehensive achievement tests.

    Teachers will be evaluated based on School District policy that must include 50% tied directly to her students’ achievement.

    Meritocracy will be the norm… rather than being a good Komrade, showing up most of the time on time – whether prepared or not?

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