FEA calls for teachers to mobilize in Tallahassee tomorrow

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Florida’s largest teachers union is urging its members to mobilize in Tallahassee tomorrow against Senate bill 736. The legislation, dubbed the teacher merit pay bill, has been on the move in the Senate and was recently introduced in the House. Both the House K-12 Competitiveness subcommittee and the Senate Budget Committee will take public testimony on the bills tomorrow in Tallahassee.

In an email to members and supporters this morning, the FEA urged “to show your opposition to proposed legislation that would increase student testing and eliminate due process.” The full text of the email and details of tomorrows committee meetings is below:

Subject: Teacher Quality Bills Move Forward in the Senate and the House

This Wednesday (February 23), Florida legislators in the House and Senate are voting on two anti-teacher education reform bills.

Teachers must show their opposition to proposed legislation that will increase student testing and eliminate due process if approved by the legislature.

Please join us this Wednesday at the State Capitol for the public hearings on Senate Bill 736 and its House version PCB KCOS 11.

The Senate Budget Subcommittee hearing begins at 9 AM. The House K20 Competitiveness Subcommittee hearing begins at 10:15 AM. If you can’t make it to Tallahassee, please call or email your legislator TODAY to express opposition to SB 736 and its House companion.

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