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Florida Education Association to sue state over teacher evaluations



The details are still sketchy, but the Florida Education Association announced Monday afternoon that it will file suit Tuesday against Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett, the State Board of Education and three school boards over the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

A teacher in Hernando County is involved in the lawsuit, FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow told the Gradebook, declining to offer any other specifics.

Over the past year, teachers all over the state have complained about the new evaluation rules that use student test scores -- primarily the FCAT -- to count as up to half a teacher's performance rating. In some cases the teachers have not even had the students in their classes whom they are being held accountable for.

Many teachers also have criticized the state's move to value-added ratings, saying the calculation is unfair and misleading. The FEA has sued the state over SB 736 previously, as well as over other issues that it battled over in the Legislature.

The FEA plans a news conference to reveal more information on Tuesday morning. The National Education Association is assisting the FEA in its case.

UPDATE - Gov. Rick Scott's communications director issued this statement after reading the post above: "Governor Scott wants to ensure accountability and results while rewarding great Florida teachers that are producing a record of success. He is working with the Legislature to give hard working Florida teachers a $2500 pay raise in this session."

[Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 7:45pm]


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