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So what does SB 6 / HB 7189 really say?



There's been a bunch of talk about this controversial legislation to alter the employment terms of Florida teachers. What would the bill actually do, though? Not imply, suggest or hope for, but say.

We pored over the House bill, which heads to its final committee at 12:30 p.m. Monday, to find out. What we see is a proposal that leaves many details to the state Board of Education, future Legislatures and local contract negotiators.

Here's a sample:

How would the districts figure out if the teachers' students made learning gains?

They would use existing tests for some courses such as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or advanced placement exams. For courses with no such current assessment, districts would have to create end-of-course exams that adhere to the state's curriculum standards. It's not clear whether there would be pretests, too. The State Board of Education would develop specific guidelines.

Read our full Q&A for more details, in case you missed it. And don't forget to watch the committee meeting online beginning at 12:30 p.m. (if you're not in class, that is).


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


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