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Teacher overhaul heads to Rick Scott's desk



It's done: The Florida House signed off on Senate Bill 736, a major piece of legislation that will drastically reform the way public school teachers are paid, evaluated and hired.

The final vote, after a little more than three hours of debate, did not veer from party lines, with 80 Republicans favoring the bill and 39 Democrats opposing it.

The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott's desk, where it will likely become the first proposal the new governor signs into law. A similar proposal last year -- the contentious Senate Bill 6 -- was vetoed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:40pm]


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