House version of teacher tenure overhaul rolls along
Florida teachers who had hoped that the state House of Representatives might bring some change to the Senate bill that looks to revamp the way teachers are paid, evaluated and contracted are finding little luck in the bill's first stop.
Democrat-backed amendments to the proposal - ideas that would do such things as allow school districts to incorporate teacher degrees into the pay scale and to give highly effective teachers contracts that don't expire annually - are falling to defeat along strict party lines.
The Democrats have argued they want to treat educators fairly and not have them flee to other states that treat teachers better. Republicans have suggested that they're not out to punish anyone, and that in fact they're just trying to do as President Obama - a Democrat - proposes in evaluating teachers based on their results rather than their credentials.
The room is packed. There's about two hours until a vote. Watch for yourself (even though you probably already can guess the outcome).