A bill basing teacher evaluations only on kids in their classrooms is on its way to a full Senate vote. The measure had the support of the state teacher’s union but that’s waning, after the bill was changed Tuesday prohibiting a student from being assigned to a failing teacher two years in a row. The change was added by the bill’s sponsor, Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami).
“It’s an issue that has been reached as a compromise. So we want to make sure that language is in a couple of different bills," she said.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill into law today on Monday that he says should help more high school students graduate and go on to do a job that suits them. The bipartisan bill would give students more ways to earn a high school diploma, including through technical certification programs.
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was all smiles Monday morning before the bill signing.
“This is the most important piece of legislation I have worked on in the seven years I have been in the Florida Senate,” he said.
Florida lawmakers are paying a lot of attention to high school sports this year. A proposal overhauling the organization that regulates the athletes eligibility is now moving in the Senate, after being delayed several weeks. Groups opposed to the bill say it opens the door for cheating and aggressive recruiting—something frowned upon in high school sports, but supporters say the Florida High School Athletics Association has grown too big for its britches, and needs some limits to its power.