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Pasco County schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino, who testified last week before the Senate Pre-K-12 Committee on teacher quality legislation, said Tuesday that the Senate's new legislation on the subject is "a better version than the House was using."

Still, she said, the bill could use some tweaking. One key concern: Money to pay for the proposed changes.

"It is silent on funding," said Summer Romagnoli, the school district's legislative affairs supervisor. "That is a huge issue. Another unfunded mandate would be problematic when we’re facing a shortfall of $47 million."

Fiorentino asked senators last week to be sure to avoid the scenario of last year's Senate Bill 6, that would have required districts to redirect 5 percent of their operating budgets to performance pay and related matters. She sounded hopeful Tuesday that lawmakers will work out the details as committees meet and session ensues.

The Senate is scheduled to begin hearings on its bill next week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:52pm]


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