Florida Education Association Considers Post Session Lawsuits

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Some public school employees consider themselves and Florida's students victims of the 2011 legislative session.. calling it a massacre against quality education.

Now that the 60 day rush is over, the Florida Education Association is looking to see if their rights have been violated by any of the half a dozen bills passed.

Ron Meyer, the attorney representing the FEA says, "A merit pay plan that micromanages what a salary schedule has to look like, how the evaluations have to be, how decisions are made. These are all things that should be subject to collective bargaining."

Eileen Shcap, a teacher at Leon High School says, "Performance pay isn't even funded so I think that the legislature left a lot of school systems and districts hanging in the wind there."

Governor Rick Scott's press office released a statement regarding possible lawsuits saying: "We are certain the legislation passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the governor stands on solid legal ground with these important reforms."

"The legislature and the governor made it clear that our profession doesn't have any place at the table when it comes to any kind of legislation that affects education and for me that's quite insulting." says Shcap.

"We think there was a lot of law making that went on by a super empowered legislator that sort of acted like a kid in a candy store that really probably went too far." says Meyer

Meyer says he thinks the first lawsuit will be filed with regards to the teacher merit pay law which would go into affect July 1st.

The FEA is looking at bills passed that expand voucher programs and loosening of the class size restrictions.

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