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Guv signs "disappointing" cut to certification program



The governor doesn't much like it, but he's signing it anyway.

Gov. Charlie Crist has signed HB 5083, which guts the incentive program for teachers who earn National Board Certification by eliminating the 10 percent bonus for certified teachers who mentor other educators. The legislation also does away with 90 percent of the money that helped teachers pay for the application fee, and $150 for preparation of a portfolio.

In his letter to Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Crist called the cuts "disappointing." The changes, he wrote, "serve to limit new participants to those who can afford the $2,500 to apply." He goes on to say he looks forward to working with lawmakers next year to "reinstate these components" that HB 5083 cuts.

He also signed the law (HB 669) banning K-12 school bullying and another (HB 7105) creating a distance learning fee for universities. Also signed into law: The bill (HB 7067) expanding Florida's Virtual Schools program, and the legislation (SB 186) creating USF Polytechnic in Lakeland.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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