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School districts that rejected the STAR performance pay plan, including Pinellas and Pasco counties, are on the road to vindication. Florida lawmakers have poised themselves to rescind the offending program and replace it with something more palatable to teachers. The House Schools and Learning Council approved a bill (PCB 07-01) yesterday that would cancel STAR and reallocate the $147.5-million attached to it among all districts this year for more broadly defined performance pay guidelines. Districts would then get time to craft new plans for next year. Sen. Don Gaetz, chair of the Education Pre-K-12 Committee, is supposed to present the identical bill to the Senate on Thursday. Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino said she wanted to breathe a sigh of relief, but, having served three terms in the House herself, she wasn't ready to accept anything as done until the final vote is counted.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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