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Florida teachers network against SB 6, merit pay



To position Florida for Race to the Top funds, Florida lawmakers have moved aggressively to impose new rules on the state's education system.

Most notable has been Senate Bill 6, a wide-sweeping initiative to change teachers' pay, contracts, evaluations, certification and other key aspects of their jobs. SB 6 has energized Florida teachers into action perhaps more than any other education-related bill in decades.

Most all of them are opposed.

But what are they supposed to do when all the action is in the state Capitol, and they're all teaching in their local schools? 

The teachers have lobbyists, of course. And they've tried a virtual rally, though that hardly makes an impact compared to having thousands of people in a room together.

Still, thousands of people banded together often can make a showing. So the teachers are banding together like millions of others do these days — on Facebook.

Their groups include Florida Teachers Against Pay-for-Performance Salary (23,534 members as of this morning) and Stop Senate Bill 6 (14,737 members). The comments are blazing, complete with recommendations of how to fight the good fight — including such ideas as "friending" bill sponsor John Thrasher just to let him have it.

The House is likely to take up the merit pay issue this week. Can the fight overcome powerful odds? Stay tuned.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:55am]


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