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Pasco teachers union leaders still undecided about Race to the Top

In the first round of Race to the Top, the United School Employees of Pasco was among the first in Florida to publicly declare its opposition to the state's memorandum of understanding for the reform plans.

This time around, as many unions are announcing their support for a newly crafted plan that included teacher input, USEP officials are not so quick to act.

"I've got some questions," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook. "There are still some troublesome areas."

Some of the state plan looks exactly the same as it did before, she said, while the changes to other sections aren't clear. Webb plans to attend a meeting over the weekend in Tampa with FEA president Andy Ford, Pinellas teacher association president Kim Black and others who helped write the new MOU, with hopes of coming back with a better understanding to share with her members.

For instance, Webb wants to know more about what "phase-in" means. And she seeks better information about district's ability to target pieces of the plan to specific schools.

The goal, she said, is not to stand in the way of change, some of which is coming regardless. The point is making sure it's done right for the teachers.

The state has set a May 25 deadline for districts and unions to respond if they want to be part of the second grant application.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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