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Teachers "would like to be measured," Rick Scott says in Facebook town hall



Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a 30-minute town hall meeting on Facebook on Tuesday. He fielded a handful of questions, including a couple on education. Scott didn't say much new, instead essentially repeating his talking points without elaboration or detail. More interesting, perhaps, are the arguments in comments that came after each response.

Here is some of the official Q&A. Be sure to visit Scott's Facebook page to check out the comments.

Joyce Bunting asks how will cutting funding and imposing merit based pay attract the best and the brightest of teachers to Florida? My experience with teachers is they would like to be measured, the measurement need to be fair, and the most effective teachers need to be rewarded with both recognition and better pay. Then, the most effective teachers will remain in the profession.

Deanne Kimmitt asks how can schools better use the funding they receive. The key is to set specific goals, measure those goals and when we are not meeting those goals. We also need to look at how much money is being spent in the classroom versus administration and capital costs.

Joyce Foster asks about plans for the state pension. Answer: We need to make sure the state pension is sustainable and we need to make sure we are fair to both taxpayers who don't have pensions and to state workers who are not presently contributing into the pension plan.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:20am]


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