Published Online: March 15, 2011
Published in Print: March 16, 2011, as Tenure and Merit-Pay Bill Easily Passes Fla. Senate

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Tenure and Merit-Pay Bill Easily Passes Fla. Senate

A new version of a teacher merit-pay and tenure bill that was vetoed last year after statewide protests is now on a fast track to passage.

The Florida Senate passed the legislation 26-12 last week, just two days after the GOP-controlled legislature convened its regular annual session. All but two Republicans voted for the bill along with one Democrat.

The bill includes a merit-pay plan, based heavily on student test scores, that would go into effect in 2014 and a ban on tenure for teachers hired after July 1 of this year. The House planned to debate the bill this week.

Vol. 30, Issue 24, Page 5

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