Gov. Scott Signing Ceremony for Teacher Merit Pay Bill

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Florida Governor Rick Scott held a ceremony Friday afternoon to sign his first piece of legislation.

Governor Scott signed the Teacher Merit Pay bill Thursday in Jacksonville at a charter school, but wanted everyone in Tallahassee who worked on the bill to get the chance to see him sign. The Teacher Merit Pay bill or Student Success Act is Scott's first bill since being elected Governor.

Governor Rick Scott said, "It's going to allow our teachers that believe in measurement to get paid better because they're going to be the most effective ones, and the real winner here is the kids-- the students all across the state."

Governor Scott has been criticized by many for his proposed cuts to education. At a rally on the capitol Thursday, some wondered where the money will come from to fund the Merit Pay.


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  • by Reagan Republican Location: Tally on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Although I agree with the Teacher merit pay bill, I do think there is too much weight placed on the FCAT for a measurement of what a child is learning. We need creative diversity and many dimensional thinking. What are some other ideas to monitor the learning of children? The funding of the Department of Education has increased by large amounts over the years and it is not working for our children so what attitude do you expect our Governor to have? He needs to make changes!! What do you suggest to improve the school system for every child?
  • by T Location: FL on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    Ceremony as in funeral? Now that educating free thinking minds which founded this nation is no longer supported lets pay our respects to the passing of one of the great institutions in America. Who in their "whole" mind would support the ridiculous notion that we can quantify and test the whole of what educating the next generation entails. It is a sad day indeed to see the whole of our cultural and creative diversity pigeon-holed into the myopic one-dimensional thinking that has put the F-CAT and all of the standardized testing to follow high on a pedestal above all else. And now the audacity to tie teacher pay to those same short-sighted tests. Yikes! And this is supposed to attract our youngest and brightest creative problem -solvers? And by the way, what corporations or businesses which Scott so eagerly courts would be interested in a location where the education infrastructure is not a well-oiled machine, well funded, with all cylinders working in harmony. Mr. Scott needs to get off of his Billionaire pedestal and get in touch with real people in real public school classrooms before ramming his billionaire attitude through the livelihoods of middle and lower class America.He doesn't look like such a good boy now mama.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    If you wanna help our kids. Get RID of FCAT. Then our teachers can teach what our kids need to know to live in the world.
  • by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    I hope that the indiviuals who do not agree with Gov. Scott on the merit pay issue can communicate their point of view without calling him uncivilized names and just say vote him out. The teachers still have their competitive salary, collective bargaining, vacation days, sick days and not to mention the summer off. The average private citizen has seen their percentage of earning income fall 23% from 2007-2009. These are incedibily difficult times and most small businesses are struggling just to give their employees a raise.
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      by help on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to anonymous
      define competitive? define collective bargaining?
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        by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:55 PM in reply to help
        Read the Florida Statue on collective bargaining for the definition defined by our lawmakers. Competitive salary means that in the private sector they would be offered the same or less for the educational level, experience, etc. of the applicant. Any more questions?
  • by Ima Location: Tallahassee on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Yeah, way to go. By the time you leave office, we'll be 49th in the nation again, like we were before Commissioner Smith (who you FIRED) came. Great job, you POS.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:17 PM in reply to Ima
      Scott couldn't have fired Smith, because he can't. The State Board of Education makes the hiring and firing decisions on the education commissioner.
  • by disgusted on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    We will have a ceremony AND a celebration as soon as we can get this one OUT of office.
  • by I P 4 Ricky Location: Tallahassee on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    All Ricky aims to do is destroy us all. He's SATAN, and he's not even in disguise - he's clearly SATAN.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to I P 4 Ricky
      All he did was sign his name to the bill. You should be blaming the legislature. A similar bill went through the legislature last year, so it was inevitable that it would be pushed through again.
  • by Mary Ann on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    Teachers will now only want to teach the test and children are not really going to learn. And what teacher is going to teach exceptional children who sometimes cannot pass the test but they can learn. This bill is going to be determental to our children's true learning education.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Keep up the good work Scott!!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to
      Wonder why he chose a "charter school" and not a public school right there in Tallahassee??!
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