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Pinellas teachers union will sign revised Race to the Top

The teachers union in Gov. Charlie Crist’s home county of Pinellas indicated today it will support the state’s revised application for a $700 million Race to the Top grant, making it the first big-district union in Florida - if the not the first local union, period - to do so.

The move could be a sign that the state’s teachers unions, who nearly all opposed Florida’s first application, are on board with the revisions that were hammered out after Crist formed a task to address the lack of union buy-in. Pinellas union president Kim Black said union representatives gave her a green light late Thursday to sign a revised memorandum of understanding that is key to the application.

“It’s not like they were holding their nose, but I could sense a bit of hesitancy. We just survived Hurricane Senate Bill 6,” Black told The Gradebook. “But our initial concerns with the first memorandum of understanding have been addressed.” Read more here.

UPDATE at 2:17 p.m. The PCTA just issued this statement on its support of the revised MOU. "The state’s application in Round 2 of Race to the Top is not “SB 6 Lite” and is not a watered down version of the state’s first RTTT application," it says. "It is an approach to securing the federal grant that all stakeholders are willing to try."

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


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