SB 736 makes it through another committee
Surprise! The Florida Senate Budget Committee has approved SB 736, this year's bill that aims to change teacher evaluations, contracts, pay and terms of employment.
By a vote of 15-5, the committee blessed a substitute version that's nearly identical to a bill that got its first hearing in the House on Wednesday. (That hearing is still in session.) Opposing the Senate bill were Democrats Eleanor Sobel, Bill Montford, Nan Rich, Gwen Margolis and Arthenia Joyner. Democrat Gary Siplin joined all the committee Republicans in supporting the legislation.
Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet tells us that the vote came amid much noise from teachers who had come to voice their concerns, only to be denied speaking time because of time limits.
Teachers in several districts including Pinellas and Pasco plan to take to the streets next week Friday to make clear their displeasure with the measures that are speeding through the Legislature toward Gov. Rick Scott's desk. Scott has said he would sign the bill, something his predecessor Charlie Crist refused to do.