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McCollum would revive much of SB 6 as governor



GOP candidate for governor Bill McCollum issued an education platform today that aims to accomplish much of what Gov. Crist vetoed in Senate Bill 6, the AP reports.

In addition to calling for the elimination of teacher tenure and for a way to more easily fire teachers, McCollum also proposed increased qualifications for pre-k teachers, added tax breaks for corporations to pay for low-income student scholarships (vouchers to some), and a requirement that all high school students take at least one online course.

"Under McCollum's proposal, tenure would be phased out for new teachers, who would receive raises based on how their classroom performance is judged, not seniority. Current teachers would be allowed to waive tenure in return for receiving merit raises if they are judged to have performed well. District superintendents and principals would be allowed to easily fire teachers who are deemed underperforming."

Read more about McCollum's proposal on his website.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 1:28pm]


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