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Senate Bill 6 divides Pinellas school board candidate, son



Pinellas County School Board candidate Terry Krassner is clear on her thoughts about Senate Bill 6.

"It's not anything I can support as it is," says Krassner, a long-time educator who retired in 2008 as principal of St. Petersburg's Westgate Elementary.

Still, she doesn't have to look far to know what the opposing side looks like.

Krassner's son, Dan Krassner works with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, a group vocally in support of the bill's provisions.

Dan Krassner on Tuesday e-mailed members of the Florida Chamber to notify them that organization president and CEO Mark Wilson had sent a two-page letter of support for SB 6 and another to Gov. Charlie Crist.

"These very important bills will help us better prepare Florida's students for the global marketplace while rewarding quality teachers with higher pay," Dan Krassner wrote in e-mail.

Terry Krassner said she "respectfully, lovingly" disagrees with him.

"The chamber is his job and who he's representing," she said, with a hint of humor in her voice.

Krassner is running for the at-large District 2 seat being vacated by Nina Hayden. She said she believes one weakness of the legislation tying teacher pay to student test scores is that its backers failed to bring all the stakeholders to the table to craft something more people could agree on.

"He's a very bright young man," Terry Krassner said of her son, "but there's definitely a difference of opinion."

Rebecca Catalanello, Times staff writer

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


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