Gov. Scott to sign merit pay bill Thursday in Jacksonville

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Gov. Rick Scott will sign the teacher merit pay bill on Thursday at a charter school in Jacksonville, reports the News Service of Florida. The measure (SB 736), which ties teacher pay in part to their students?test scores starting in 2014, was the first bill sent to the governor this year by the Legislature. The governor will sign the bill at the KIPP ?Knowledge Is Power Program ?School, part of a nationwide chain of public college prep charter schools targeting low-income students. Students at the schools go to school more, including on some Saturdays and through the summer, in addition to having longer days. The governor plans to sign the bill at 9:15 a.m. at the McDuff Ave. North school, according to his official schedule. The bill? Senate sponsor, Republican Sen. Steve Wise, is from Jacksonville. Scott also plans to visit another charter school, the Pepin Academy in Tampa, later on Thursday.

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