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Florida House unveils its teacher quality bill



The Florida Senate is no longer the only game in Tallahassee in the state's ongoing debate about teacher contracts, evaluations and pay.

As promised, the Florida House is going its own way on the hot topic with the release of its own bill.

More than a week after Sen. Steve Wise put out Senate Bill 736, which already has passed through two committees, the Florida House K-20 Competitiveness Committee has issued its own ideas about how to change teacher work conditions. The proposed committee bill tackles the same issues, in many ways with the same general concepts such as tying teacher pay to student test results.

But not all the details are identical, leaving room for compromise in the end. 

House leaders said they, like their Senate counterparts, welcome input from teachers, parents and anyone else with an interest as it moves ahead.

"It is our belief that every child in our state, regardless of race, creed or economic status, deserves to have an exceptional teacher in the classroom that is vested in their futures and will strive to provide students with a quality education. This proposed committee bill is another step toward meaningful education reform that will serve to further improve our state’s education system by implementing a performance pay plan that is grounded in student learning growth that will result in the ability to reward the most effective teachers," chairmen Bill Proctor and Erik Fresen said in a joint news release.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:31am]


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