[UPDATE] Gov. Scott Signs Fla. Teacher Pay, Tenure Bill

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 24, 2011 -- 10:45am --

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that would put Florida teachers on merit pay while ending tenure for new hires.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 24, 2011 --

Gov. Rick Scott is going to a Jacksonville charter school to sign a bill that would put Florida teachers on merit pay while ending tenure for new hires.

The bill that's set for signing Thursday also would chip away at
teachers' due process and collective bargaining rights.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a similar bill last year.

It's a top priority, though, for the new Republican governor and
the first to get his signature. The GOP-controlled Legislature put
the bill (SB 736) on a fast track and passed it just a week after
this year's regular legislative session began.

Scott, a former hospital company executive, also is a proponent
of publicly funded but privately operated charter schools like the
one he's chosen for the signing ceremony.


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