Scott signs SB 736 in Jacksonville, PolitiFact Florida updates the Scott-O-Meter
Gov. Rick Scott signed his first bill into law Thursday, SB 736, the "Student Success Act." The law would tie teachers' raises for the first time to how their students perform in the classroom. It would also require that new teachers receive no more than one-year teaching contracts. It's similar but not as stringent as a bill passed by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist during the 2010 legislative session.
"I am proud that the first bill I sign is this important legislation that will give Florida the best educated workforce to compete in the 21st century economy," Scott said in a press release after signing at the KIPP Impact Middle School in Jacksonville. "We must recruit and retain the best people to make sure every classroom in Florida has a highly effective teacher."
The bill fulfills two of Scott's campaign promises, but falls short on a third. PolitiFact Florida sorts it all out using its Scott-O-Meter.
(Scott signs SB 736 in Jacksonville on March 24, 2011. Photo courtesy of WPLG).