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Sen. Gary Siplin suckers Sen. Thad Altman into saying poorer students perform as well as others during teacher bill debate



Sen. Thad Altman, R-Altamonte Springs, tried to offer an amendment today to the teacher tenure and merit pay bill that would give school districts flexibility in judging teachers who teach students who receive free or reduced lunch. The bill, SB 736 (which passed 26-12), already offered leeway for judging English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and special-needs teachers.

Altman said he wanted to acknowledge the "extra challenges" that educators who teach students on free or reduced lunch have.

The idea, however, got a rise out of the lone Democratic supporter of the bill, Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando.

The back-and-forth is highlighted in this PolitiFact Florida fact check.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:40pm]


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