[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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  • by anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Mar 30, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    The FL Department of Eudcation spent $8,868 on operational cost per pupil in 2007-2008 if you add in construction dollars (capital outlay and debt spending) it is close to $12,000 per pupil. The amount of money spent on our children obviously is NOT the problem! What IS the problem? Think about it. Is it tenure or something else? We have got to change the current course Gov. Scott, so to you, I say thank you and keep up the good work.
  • by @ anonymous 9:48PM on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    I agree with a balanced budget but all they have done it cut. Why not increase money coming in by closing loopholes, going after fraud and tax everyone equitably? Why? It is easier to cut. Less effort needed.
  • by Disappointed on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    "SHAME" I USE TO BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. What has government turn into the peoples worst nightmare!
  • by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    Governor Scott is not destroying Florida! He is making decisions based upon sound business practices that built America to a great nation. One reason we are on the decline is because we are spending more money than we are collecting in taxes. It is a fact that spending more money on education is not the solution to the problem. Hopefully, Lesley can express the merits of this debate in a more constructive way besides complaining and cussing.
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      by @anon on Mar 25, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to anonymous
      Just because you say it's a fact doesn't make it so. The data shows, if you're interested in the real facts, is that cutting education funding doesn't work. You have the last 2 decades to see the evidence of that.
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        by anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to @anon
        Do some research @anon we have spent more and more money on the Department of Education over the last two decades and it is NOT working. That is a fact, why are you stating differently? What do you suggest as a solution besides money?
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          by @anon on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to anonymous
          Sounds like you need to do some research. Look at spending PER STUDENT, PER CLASSROOM, ETC. Of course we have spent more total- there are more students. come on.......
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          by @anon on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to anonymous
          I would put the administrations' feet to the fire. The problem is lazy evaluations WHICH LEAD to tenure. The same problem occurs in ANY business. It is hard to fire someone afetr years of "satisfactory" evaluations. The admin needs to be held responsible
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        by anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:05 PM in reply to @anon
        I am confused you say cutting eduaction funding doesn't work and then in reponse to my statement you say that Florida has spent more total on students. Which is it? The ratio of increased spending to increased student population shows that we are spending more per student eveb eith the increased student population. Do you agree with Gov. Scott to not offer tenure to new hires because if I understand correctly that was in this bill.
  • by debra on Mar 24, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    If you are a good teacher AND teach specifically to pass a standardized test AND your students try to do well, no problem. Otherwise, I think I'd be driving over the state line to work.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    More incentive to teach the best performers only. When we did merit bonuses, in my first year of teaching, it was stupid. As a first year teacher, with no experience, never being in front of a student, I earned the bonus. A 10 year veteran teacher didn't. Why? She taught all general students, I taught honors. Way to go, Florida.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    How do you fairly assess a Science teacher with a PE teacher? Are they graded on the same test? How do we determine their "merit"?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    So, as a principal, if I hate one of my teachers, just give them all low performing students: Problem solved, teacher punished. Way to go Florida
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      by ha on Mar 25, 2011 at 05:35 AM in reply to
      you don't have to do that. just fire them after their 1 year contract is up!
  • by Lesley Location: Tallahassee on Mar 24, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    You voted for him and now he is destroying Florida. He is making a mess out of everything. Laying off state workers and now requiring teacher's to only get merit based pay raises. He sucks!!
  • by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Can someone please tell ME where to sign so that we can recall some teachers that were hired in our school system that have tenure? We could improve our schools if some teachers just go on their way to another job better suited for them. Who is defrauding who???
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