Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Returning retired teachers shouldn't get continuing contracts, lawmaker says



Florida lawmakers have made it clear they don't want teachers to have continuing contracts, eliminating them for new teachers and creating provisions for taking them from veteran educators who receive poor evaluations.

State Rep. Elizabeth Porter, a Lake City Republican, isn't taking any chances that SB 736 wasn't clear enough. She's filed a bill (HB 295) that would emphasize the point that even retired teachers who return to the classroom aren't eligible for a continuing contract, regardless of the type of employment agreement they had in the past.

The legislation, which does not have a Senate companion, would add language to law stating that retired teachers may take a public school job after one month off, but under a probationary one-year contract. If they successfully complete that probationary period, the teachers would be eligible for an annual contract.

"This sub-subparagraph does not allow, and has never allowed, a retiree to be awarded a professional service contract under s. 1012.33," it states.

Just in case you weren't sure. Some terms of SB 736, meanwhile, remain in litigation.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:08am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours