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Jeb Bush's foundation raises question about teacher evaluation lawsuit



Folks at Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future have raised an eyebrow at the Florida Education Association's lawsuit over teacher evaluations and the Florida Legislature's bills (filed ahead of the suit) to address the complaint.

The law already allowed districts to evaluate teacher performance without using test scores of students they don't teach, foundation spokeswoman Allison Aubuchon noted in an e-mail to media. The actual language states: "At least 50 percent of a performance evaluation must be based upon data and indicators of student learning growth assessed annually by statewide assessments or, for subjects and grade levels not measured by statewide assessments, by school district assessments as provided" in statute.

They just didn't do that. "Districts did not have to assign school-wide results to any teacher – Florida law allows the use of AP and other tests," Aubuchon wrote. "The language moving through the Legislature ensures that they don’t do this again in the future, and that teachers will only be evaluated on the students they teach."

The foundation created a "Myth v. Fact" handout on teacher evaluations as the debate continues. It offers an interesting mix of fact, opinion and philosophy that all play a role in the fight over the two-year-old SB 736 that teachers have been trying to void since it became law.

What's your take on the lawsuit, the proposed amendments and the debate over teacher evaluations?

[Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:12pm]


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