Florida House plans to go its own way on teacher quality legislation
While all the attention is going to the Florida Senate's version of a bill to change the way teachers are paid, contracted and evaluated -- probably because it's actually available to read -- let's not lose track of the fact that it's not the only proposal that will be discussed this year.
Rep. Erik Fresen, chairman of the House K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee, made clear this week that he plans to have a separate proposal out soon.
"I don't want to focus on a Senate bill, because our focus as a House committee is going to be on our product," Fresen, a Miami Republican, told the subcommittee.
He said the House bill will focus on three key elements: contracts, evaluations and salary schedules. "We have to start treating teaching as a profession," Fresen said. "To do this we need to look at these three components."
The Senate Pre-K-12 Committee adopted several amendments to SB 736 on Wednesday and will discuss the bill more this afternoon, possibly passing it out. Watch here starting at 1 p.m.