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... Pasco County teachers overwhelmingly voted to reject participation in Special Teachers Are Rewarded, Florida's controversial performance pay plan. "We had 79 percent of the teachers vote, which is pretty high considering it was a moot point," union president Lynne Webb said, noting the School Board already had voted down the plan the day before. But "they've been saying all along they wanted a voice in this." Of those 3,868 who cast ballots, 87 percent voted no, even though it meant turning away $3.5-million in bonus money. Webb said she did not expect to race back to the bargaining table with the board, preferring to wait until lawmakers have had a chance to improve the law that so many teachers revile.

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