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From PolitiFact: Count Alex Sink among those fighting a controversial series of education reforms being pushed by state Republican leaders.

SB 6 would link teacher pay increases to student performance, eliminate long-term job security for new teachers and require end-of-course exams for subjects not covered by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test starting in the 2013-2014 school year. Most Democrats and some moderate Republicans in the Legislature oppose the changes; so does the teachers union.

Sink, the state’s chief financial officer and a Democrat running for governor, added her opposition in a March 31, 2010, statement.

“These proposals are bad for our children and our state,” Sink said. “As a mother whose two children went to Florida public schools, I feel strongly that our local school districts should be the ones making these kinds of decisions for our students and teachers — not politicians in Tallahassee. I also have a serious problem with placing even more unfunded mandates on our local school districts, as they are already facing significant budget concerns.”  Continue reading here.

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