Scott still holding out hope for bigger teacher paydays

Gov. Rick Scott remains convinced that teachers across the state will get a flat $2,500 raise in their salaries next year without any conditions. But lawmakers aren’t singing the same song as Scott. Sunday night, House and Senate negotiators agreed they would set aside $480 million for teacher pay raises, but the proposal would require that the money be tied to teacher performance. The measure would also offer raises to all instructional personnel, such as classroom aides, meaning that the amount per teacher would be less than $2,500. Scott and his staff are still talking like teachers will get the full $2,500 though. Scott announced at his news conference Monday how important it was that teachers were getting pay raises and noted later that there was still time for lawmakers to make changes. “We need to do across-the-board $2,500 pay raise for each and every one of our classroom teachers,” he said. Senate Education Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Brandenton, said at a budget negotiation conference, a little more than an hour after Scott made his remarks, that the Legislature proposal indeed tied the money to performing and noted that the individual districts had to weigh in through the collective bargaining process with the unions to determine how the money was distributed. “Whether that turns out to be a $2,500 raise per teacher, that’s unlikely,” Galvano said.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/blogs/political-pulse/os-scott-still-holding-out-hope-for-bigger-teacher-paydays-20130422,0,6846259.post

 “I have my priorities. The House and Senate have their priorities. We have two weeks left in session, so we’ll see how well each of us get our priorities, and how well our session ends up,” Scott told reporters when asked about his pay-raise plan. Scott had an ally at Monday’s signing ceremony for the Career and Professional Education Act. Orange County Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins was less circumspect in speaking in favor of an across-the-board raise -- and against tying it to teacher evaluations. “I want to stress again: Pay for performance is to start the subsequent year, 2014-15,” she said, standing a few feet away from Gaetz and Weatherford. “It is a good time to say ‘thank you’ to our teachers.”

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20130423/POLITICSPOLICY08/304230008?source=nletter-top5

The FEA's Andy Ford is incensed about the Legislature's move to make proposed teacher bonuses merit-based. "The leaders of the Florida Legislature are obsessed with merit pay — apparently only for public school teachers and on a portion of state workers' pay," Ford blasted in a statement released Monday morning. "All school year we have shown that Florida's teacher evaluation system with its reliance on standardized testing is flawed and chaotic. Two-thirds of Florida teachers are being evaluated on students they do not teach or on subjects they do not teach. Yet the Republican leadership in the Legislature has seen fit to apply that unfair system in doling out pay raises for the coming school year."

http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2013/04/22/the-feas-andy-ford-is-incensed-about-florida-legislatures-move-to-make-proposed-teacher-bonuses-merit-based#.UXWKiMrPKHM

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2013/04/standoff-beween-budget-negotiators-and-scott-over-teacher-raises/ (Andy Ford quoted)

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130423/ARCHIVES/304231052/-1/todayspaper (Andy Ford quoted)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-scott-agenda-not-fully-adopted-20130422,0,6939948.story (Andy Ford quoted)

http://www.wctv.tv/politics/headlines/No-Across-the-Board-Pay-Raises-for-Teachers-204183721.html (Joanne McCall quoted)
http://news.wfsu.org/post/gov-scott-and-teachers-union-side-against-legislature-over-teacher-raises-different-reasons (Joanne McCall quoted)

http://m.wtsp.com/topstories/article?a=312670&f=1360 (Brandt Robinson quoted)

http://www.abc-7.com/story/22047814/educators-lawmakers-hashing-out-how-money-will-be-paid-out (Donna Mutzenard quoted)
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/local-schools-officials-teachers-remain-skeptical-/nXTB8/?icmp=pbp_internallink_textlink_apr2013_pbpstubtomypbp_launch (FEA mentioned)
http://tbo.com/news/politics/scott-defends-bid-for-teachers-raises-b82481648z1

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2013-04-22/budget-elbowing-marks-rick-scotts-bill-signing-ceremony

 

With $1 billion more for schools, education conferees hand keys to budget bosses

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2013/04/with-1-billion-more-for-schools-education-conferees-hand-keys-to-budget-bosses/

 

Duncan urges Florida to work on evaluations

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urging Florida to quickly address any problems with its new teacher evaluation system, which grades instructors in large part on students' standardized test scores. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Duncan said Florida is one of many states instituting ambitious education reforms and finding it needs to make corrections along the way. "If something doesn't make sense, we should move rapidly to fix it," he said. Teacher unions have sued Florida and three local school boards over evaluations that grade some teachers on subjects and students they don't teach. The lawsuit is backed by the National Education Association and the Florida Education Association and includes seven teachers around the state as plaintiffs. None of the plaintiffs instructs math or reading in the grades that the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is given. Under the Student Success Act passed in 2011, 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation must come from statewide assessments like the FCAT. The plaintiffs argue the new evaluation system unfairly judges instructors who don't teach subjects or grades covered by the FCAT by grouping them all together as an "instructor team" and judging them based on the collective FCAT scores of students at the school. Duncan said he can understand the rationale behind creating incentives for every adult in a school to work together in ensuring a child's success. But he's not convinced 50 percent is the right measure. "I'm a big believer of working in teams," he said. "That makes a lot of sense. So again, there's a real nuance here. Should it be 50 percent? I'm not quite sure on that one." Duncan added that with many reforms underway, including implementation of the Common Core academic standards and new assessments, "It's going to be a hard, choppy couple of years." For that reason, he said, it's important for states to be able to adapt and make changes where needed. He pointed to Tennessee as an example of a state that made significant mid-course corrections. "I think Florida can get to a much better place," he said.

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/22/4494047/ed-secretary-duncan-urges-fla.html

 

Hernando Teacher of Year illustrates flaws in evaluation system (Bethann Brooks and Lynne Webb quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hernando-teacher-of-year-illustrates-flaws-in-evaluation-system/2116759

 

Fix teacher evaluations

http://www.ocala.com/article/20130423/OPINION/130429914/1008/OPINION?Title=Editorial-Fix-teacher-evals

 

Children: Get high scores or your teacher will be fired

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/04/23/children-get-high-scores-or-your-teacher-will-be-fired/

 

Will Florida pass parent tricker bill?

Last year, Florida state Senators failed to pass a parent trigger bill because not a single parent group in the state supported the bill. Parents came from across the state to testify against the legislation. They accurately saw the bill as a transparent effort to trick parents into handing their public school over to a charter corporation. The bill comes up for a vote in the next few days. Jeb Bush and his surrogates are working hard to get the bill through this time. Senators have offered a flurry of amendments to try to remove some offensive features. But Florida parents remain united in opposition to this blatant effort to enrich charter corporations. Every Florida legislator should read the exposé of the parent trigger that was reported here by Yasha Levine..

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/04/22/will-florida-pass-parent-tricker-bill/

 

SBOE back in charge as final authority over parent tricker
http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/florida-republican-senators-giveth-then-taketh-away-local-control-in-parent-trigger-bill/

 

FEA targeting Brandes with this attack mailer

http://www.saintpetersblog.com/florida-education-association-targeting-sen-jeff-brandes-with-this-attack-mailer

 

Road to graduation eases

High school students no longer will face the tough graduation requirements passed three years ago, under a sweeping education bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, is designed to prepare all students -- both college-bound and those looking for good jobs after high school -- with skills needed to compete in the workforce. “This bill moves us in the direction of making sure that students master the essentials that they need to know during high school,” said Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart. “We want to give every student the opportunity to earn their high school diploma. We don’t want to set up barriers toward them achieving that. At the same time, we want to make sure they master the basic information.” The law will let students better tailor their education to their future goals, said Rep. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge. “I think we’re forcing students to take coursework that they may not be prepared for, they may not be interested in at that point in high school, and it’s a waste of their time and energy,” said Altman, whose district includes part of northern Indian River County. “I think we’ve gotten too aggressive in forcing academic coursework that is completely and totally unrelated. If you want to be a paramedic or EMT, you’re better suited taking biology than algebra II. You’re not going to use algebra II.”
http://treasurecoast.fl.newsmemory.com/?selDate=20130423&editionStart=The%20Stuart%20News&goTo=A01%20&artid=1

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/gov-rick-scott-signs-sweeping-education-bill/2116640

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20130423/POLITICSPOLICY08/304230006?source=nletter-top5

 

Monroe School Board votes 5-0 to uphold furloughs (Holly Hummell-Gorman and numerous teachers quoted)
http://keysnews.com/node/47118

 

Collier teachers union rejects administration's offer to delay raises (Jonathan Tuttle quoted)
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/apr/22/teachers-union-rejects-administrations-offer-to/

 

Transition team: Manatee schools hobbled by split board (Pat Barber quoted)
http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/22/4494215/transition-team-reviews-manatee.html

 

Why parents could get more control over their child’s special education plan

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/04/22/why-parents-could-get-more-control-over-their-childs-special-education-plan/

 

Senate panel OKs bill to eliminate group that oversees high school sports

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32550704 (Ron Meyer quoted)

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/23/3359272/senate-advances-controversial.html (Ron Meyer quoted)

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/senate-panel-oks-bill-to-eliminate-group-that-over/nXTCm/?icmp=pbp_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_pbpstubtomypbp_launch

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32550706

 

What's the score in Florida schools?

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/whats-the-score-in-florida-schools/2116610

 

Cyberbullying bill headed to Senate

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32551920

 

State may shift domestic security money to schools

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/04/22/4494204/fla-may-shift-domestic-security.html

 

A presidential pat for young scientists

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/us/politics/obama-promotes-science-careers-at-white-house-fair.html

 

Claims on mayoral governance don’t stand up to scrutiny

http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-mayoral-governance

 

Michigan schools chief: Secret work group should be disbanded

http://www.wftv.com/ap/ap/education/schools-chief-work-group-should-be-disbanded/nXTWz/

 

Revoked charters could be forgiven $12 million in loans in Indiana

http://m.wftv.com/news/ap/education/revoked-charters-could-be-forgiven-12m-in-loans/nXS3d/

 

Bright Futures darken

http://tbo.com/news/education/state-cuts-dim-bright-futures-opportunities-b82480172z1

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/22/3357959/bright-futures-darken.html

 

Never-ending conflict at FAU

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorials/fl-dlyons-editorial-west-0423-20130422,0,5098943.story

 

FSCJ begins looking for new president

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-04-22/story/fscj-begins-looking-new-president

 

Voting rights groups assail Senate elections package

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/voting-rights-groups-criticize-senates-elections-bill/2116633

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32551907

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bill-would-limit-use-of-volunteers-helping-voters-/nXS6g/?icmp=pbp_internallink_textlink_apr2013_pbpstubtomypbp_launch

 

Strip harassment of supervisors from Florida’s election bill

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/editorial-strip-harassment-of-supervisors-from-flo/nXTL6/?icmp=pbp_internallink_textlink_apr2013_pbpstubtomypbp_launch

 

Legislators are prepared to adjourn with no Medicaid plan (can you say special session?)

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/legislators-are-prepared-to-adjourn-with-no-medicaid-plan/2116674

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/04/22/us/politics/ap-us-medicaid-expansion-saying-no.html

 

Once down and out, Florida job market gathers national steam

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/once-down-and-out-florida-job-market-gathers-national-steam/2116775

 

Lawmakers grow skeptical of tax breaks, incentives

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32553430

 

Governor makes strong push for tax break

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32550081

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32481723

 

In Lakeland senator’s bills, questions about personal benefit

http://fcir.org/2013/04/23/in-lakeland-senators-bills-questions-about-personal-benefit/

 

Legislators to help baseball teams, cities

http://tbo.com/news/politics/florida-legislators-to-help-baseball-teams-cities-b82482126z1

 

House favors land programs, Senate favors water projects in budget standoff

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32551914

 

Despite petition, Legislature to do nothing to help springs this year

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/despite-petitions-legislature-to-do-nothing-to-help-springs-this-year/2116751

 

Repeal law that sticks public with risk for building nuclear plants

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-front-burner-nuclear-con-20130422,0,4002403.story

 

The incredible shrinking budget deficit

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/the-incredible-shrinking-budget-deficit/

 

Flights delayed across country amid budget-cut furloughs of air controllers

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/us/politics/flights-delayed-amid-furloughs-of-air-controllers.html

 

Yup: Cutting spending means … you have to cut spending

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/22/yup-cutting-spending-means-you-have-to-cut-spending/

 

Ginsburg eyed as possible retirement

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/295443-ginsburg-eyed-as-possible-retirement-on-supreme-court-

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