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Evaluations, HB 1203/SB 1386

What the bill does

The bill could change significantly over the course of the legislative session. Check back frequently for updates. 

  • SB 1048 (full text)/HB 1193 (full text) replace the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and replaces it with the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). 

What the bill does

  • HB 1203 (full text) /SB 1386 (full text) silences the voice of professional educators  by prohibiting evaluations from being collectively bargained between school districts and local unions. 
  • HB 1203/SB 1386 also addresses a completely unrelated issue of sexual misconduct and background screening.

What’s Next

Talking Points

  • The most important issue for the Legislature to address this session is the teacher and staff shortage. This shortage has been driven in large part by bad policy that has attacked educators’ freedom to teach. This bill furthers those attacks and will only lead to a greater exodus of professionally trained teachers. 
  • Professionally trained educators desire to continually learn and grow so they can be the best possible teacher for each student they serve. 
  • When done correctly, evaluations are a tool to help educators grow and develop their craft. By removing educators’ voice from the evaluation process, HB 1203 changes the evaluation process from one of continual development to one that is merely punitive. 
  • FEA supports the portions of the bill related to misconduct and background screening.

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