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Is Florida's "teacher quality" bill on the high-speed rail?



imgres.jpegAs Florida's teachers continue to protest bills to change their terms of employment, the buzz in Tallahassee is that the Legislature will push the measures through faster than fast.

SB 736 is scheduled to come to the Senate floor on Wednesday. Expectations are that it will be voted out by Thursday, with any amendments designed to bring it in line with the House version.

HB 7019 sits ready to go to the House Education Committee, which easily could substitute its language with the Senate version. If the House then passes out the bill that's already been blessed by the Senate, it could go directly to Gov. Rick Scott's desk -- no conference committee, no back and forth amending.

Observers say they expect that to all happen within 10 days. There's also some talk that the effective date might be pushed up to the time Scott signs the bill into law, which would make things interesting as districts approach budget cutting time with a new requirement to use performance rather than seniority in making teacher layoffs. 

Keep your eyes on this one.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:12am]


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