Pinellas school board will consider Race to the Top tomorrow
Gov. Charlie Crist's home county of Pinellas is poised to become the first in Florida to line up the three crucial signatures for a revised Race to the Top application.
The Pinellas School Board has called a special meeting tomorrow to consider the application, hot on the heels of last week's announcement by the Pinellas teachers union that it will support the revised memorandum of understanding that is a key part of it.
Superintendent Julie Janssen and the board both supported the initial MOU (though board chair Janet Clark made an unsuccessful attempt to change her vote.) The MOU seeks signatures from the superintendent, school board chair and union president in each district.
The MOU revisions came after Crist appointed a task force, following his SB 6 veto, to address the lack of union support. They also followed in-person pleas from Janssen, Pinellas union president Kim Black and union executive director Marshall Ogletree to veto SB 6.