STAR wobbly in Pasco
When they agreed to a teacher performance pay plan last week, negotiators for the United School Employees of Pasco said they did so only to get the issue before members rather than let it die in committee. Now the members are talking, and they don't like the plan at all. Building representatives for the union unanimously recommended late Tuesday that all teachers reject ratification, roundly criticizing the law behind it. That stance, plus decisions by Pinellas and Broward county school boards to stay out of the program, has Pasco School Board members contemplating whether they, too, want to send a message of disdain over STAR to Tallahassee when they meet tonight. "That certainly makes me think that maybe we should listen to the senator's (Education Committee chair Don Gaetz) advice and send a statement," vice chairwoman Kathryn Starkey said. Chairwoman Marge Whaley, who said she "hates" the pay for performance law, expected there might be a sentiment to buck the law. "I could go either way," Whaley said. The board meets at 7 p.m.