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Debate continues on SB 736



The Florida House continues to debate SB 736 to change teacher contracts, evaluation, pay, hiring and firing. The comments on the bill, which is headed for likely approval and Rick Scott's signature into law, falls as expected into mainly partisan camps -- Republicans for, Democrats against.

We won't bore you with the repetition about questions over cost or praise over treating teachers as professionals. We will share a gem from Rep. Geraldine Thompson, an Orlando Democrat, who urged colleagues to vote against the bill:

"Just because a cat climbs into an oven and has a litter of kittens does not mean we should confuse the offspring with biscuits," she said.  "I think we are confusing testing with teaching. ... Let's not confuse kittens and biscuits. Let's not confuse testing and teaching."

UPDATE: Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, voted against SB 6 last year but said he supports this year's version. Among the changes, he said, are that the bill does not require school districts to set aside 5 percent of their revenue for performance pay, as SB 6 did, and it does not cede control of critical issues to Tallahassee or Washington D.C.

"This bill does not confuse biscuits with kittens," Van Zant said.

Want to watch? Click here (until it's over).

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:13pm]


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