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Pasco, Hernando teachers plan to picket Gov. Crist on SB 6



They've told the news media. They've told lawmakers. Now Pasco and Hernando school teachers plan to make sure that governor (and vote-seeking Senate candidate) Charlie Crist gets the message in his face that they hate Senate Bill 6.

When the governor shows up for an event in Spring Hill on Sunday afternoon, teachers intend to be there, picket signs in hand, expressing their disdain for the bill that would tie teacher pay to student test scores and eliminate professional service contracts, among other things.

Here's how the United School Employees of Pasco put it in a membership alert that just arrived moments ago:

"Fed up with mean-spirited legislation such as SB6?  Wanna do something about it?

Then join our brothers and sisters from Hernando County in an informational picket this Sunday when Governor Charlie Crist visits the Palace Grand in Spring Hill.  Educators will wave signs to let the Governor and public know that legislation like SB6 does more harm than good."

Already, the Senate has begun amending the bill. And the yet-to-be-released House version promises to offer a different take on some of the key issues.

But the teachers don't want any of it. The Florida Education Association has joined with the Florida Democrats to run ads against the legislation. And the rhetoric is likely to only grow more heated as this debate moves on, with Race to the Top in the offing.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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