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Republican lawmaker iffy on HB 7189



A Republican lawmaker who represents a portion of Hernando County says he has serious misgivings about House Bill 7189.

Rep. Ron Schultz of Homosassa, in an interview Tuesday, stopped short of saying he would vote against the measure expected to hit the House floor this week. But he has problems with key components of the bill and House members have been directed not to propose amendments.

Among his concerns: How can a test fairly and accurately assess a teacher’s role in student learning gains when there are so many other variables that can impact learning?

"The children have hormonal changes, social changes and family changes,” he said. “How do you in testing pull out the teacher component? I don’t know if that can be done.”

Schultz is one of four members of Hernando’s delegation. Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, voted against SB 6, and Sen. Fasano, R-New Port Richey, voted for it.

Rep. Rob Schenck, a Spring Hill Republican and a former teacher, said the bill is “good for teachers” because it will increase their pay.

“For the first time, it’s going to pay them what they’re worth,” Schenck said in an interview Tuesday.

For more comments from Schultz and Schenck, read the full story to be posted soon on the Gradebook.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:56am]


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