ICYMI: Florida teachers really don't like what SB 6 would do to education
Richey Elementary School teacher Marisa Loiacono, below center, Longleaf Elementary teacher Cindi Litak, at right, and dozens of others protest SB 6 and HB 7189 Thursday afternoon outside Sen. Mike Fasano’s office in New Port Richey. Times photo | Brendan Fitterer
The fight over legislation that would change the way Florida school teachers are paid, evaluated, certified and contracted is reaching a fever pitch. GOP lawmakers say they'll shove through the bill without changes, with the commissioner of education saying it's more important to implement the reform than to win teacher buy-in.
Teacher union leaders, as well as thousands of rank and file teachers and their supporters, have taken to the streets — not to mention to the Internet, phone lines and snail mail — in protest. See stories from the St. Augustine Record, Palm Beach Post and the Florida Times-Union for some examples. (Photo at right from Clay County, the Florida Times-Union)
Some suggest the best course of action for the opponents is not to press the House to "nix bill six," as the slogan goes, but to convince Gov. Charlie Crist that his political future might depend on what he does with the bill after it arrives on his desk.
Next stop: The Florida House Education Policy Council on Monday. Stay tuned.
(Photos above from St. Petersburg Times, St. Augustine Record)