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SB 6 veto does not end effort to toughen teacher evaluation laws, House chairman Legg says



State Rep. John Legg, the Port Richey Republican who sponsored SB 6 in the Florida House, tells the Gradebook that he was not surprised by Crist's veto.

"I am disappointed that the governor bought into the politics of misinformation," said Legg, chairman of the House Pre-K-12 Policy Committee.

He said the effort to reform Florida's education system did not end with the governor's action, though. The Legislature has two weeks remaining, Legg noted, and at the very least he intends to find ways to toughen the existing laws that require using student performance to evaluate teachers and that require schools to have an "evaluation mechanism" for every course.

"Obviously, that does not happen now," Legg said, calling the laws toothless. "I am going to work to ensure that those are enforced."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:58am]


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