Teachers, Unions Sue Over New Evaluation Model
Seven teachers and their local unions filed suit in federal court to block the state's landmark performance pay law on Tuesday. It's the latest development in a three-year battle over how teachers should be paid.
The lawsuit is backed by the National Education Association and Florida Education Association. FEA lawyer Ron Meyer says some teachers' rights are being violated since they're being assessed based on students who sometimes aren't even in their classrooms.
"The system is flawed and collapsing. And the victims here are the children and the teachers who are teaching these students and trying to do the best jobs they can, he said.
Both the House and the Senate have worked on bills this year that would require teachers to be judged only on the students they teach. The House bill is ready for the floor, while the Senate version has two committee stops left.