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Conservative wonk: SB 736 will be "train wreck"



trainwreck2.Perceptions aside, teachers, teachers unions and Democrats aren't the only ones worried that the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott went too far, too fast with SB 736. Rick Hess, an influential education policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, ripped into Florida's new law on his blog yesterday:

I'll bet right now that SB 736 is going to be a train wreck. Mandatory terminations will force some good teachers out of good schools because of predictable statistical fluctuations, and parents will be livid. Questions about cheating will rear their ugly head. A thrown-together growth model and rapidly generated tests, pursued with scarce resources and under a new Commissioner, are going to be predictably half-baked and prone to problems. All of this will fuel Florida Education Association complaints that there's no possible, workable, equitable way to make teacher pay and evaluation more performance based. (Image from

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 9:03am]


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