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No long-term contracts for returning retired Florida teachers, lawmakers say



Florida teachers who still have continuing professional services contracts would not be able to keep that type of agreement if they retire and return to teaching, if Florida lawmakers have their way.

The state Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee gave initial approval Tuesday to SB 1356, which seeks to clarify that retired teachers seeking reemployment would be eligible for a one-year probationary contract and, after than, an annual deal.

"That conforms to what a new teacher would come in on," said sponsor Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. 

Brandes noted that lawmakers did away with continuing contracts in 2011. The current bill became necessary, he told colleagues, because an appeals court had ruled that retired teachers were eligible for the longer-term contracts, against what Brandes said was legislative intent.

A related bill (HB 1003) unanimously passed the House K-12 Subcommittee on Tuesday. School district lobbyists indicated support for the measure, which has a few more committee stops before it could receive a floor vote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:54pm]


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