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FEA launches new TV ad thanking Charlie Crist; poll shows nearly 80% of Florida voters aware of veto of SB6

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The Florida Education Association is airing a new TV ad praising Charlie Crist for vetoing Senate Bill 6 last week. The Palm Beach Post was leaked part of a recent poll from Hamilton Campaigns that asked 700 likely Florida voters these questions: How much have you seen, read or heard about Governor Charlie Crist vetoing Senate Bill 6, the education reform bill recently passed by the state legislature– a lot, just some, not too much or nothing at all? A lot… 52 percent Some…

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Teachers union urges members to thank Charlie Crist

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Saying it’s only polite — but not political — state and local teachers unions are urging members to send their thanks to Gov. Charlie Crist for vetoing the controversial teacher pay and tenure bill. “Join the tens of thousands of Floridians who are sending a Thank You to Governor Crist for the SB6 Veto,” says a message on the Florida Education Association website. “Pledge Your Support.” Unions have stopped short of endorsing Crist in his bid for the U.S. Senate.…

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PolitiFact says the FEA is ‘false’ when it claims that the state House scheduled a critical hearing in the middle of spring break

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From PolitiFact: A controversial education bill that would link teacher pay increases to student performance is scheduled to get its final public hearing April 5, 2010, and the teachers union fighting the measure is lining up troops to voice opposition. The Florida Education Association is calling on educators to appear before the House Education Policy Council during a public hearing scheduled to start at noon. Their rally cry comes with a not-so-subtle dig at Tallahassee lawmakers. “The Florida Senate held…

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PolitiFact says the FEA is ‘false’ when it claims that the state House scheduled a critical hearing in the middle of spring break

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From PolitiFact: A controversial education bill that would link teacher pay increases to student performance is scheduled to get its final public hearing April 5, 2010, and the teachers union fighting the measure is lining up troops to voice opposition. The Florida Education Association is calling on educators to appear before the House Education Policy Council during a public hearing scheduled to start at noon. Their rally cry comes with a not-so-subtle dig at Tallahassee lawmakers. “The Florida Senate held…

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Florida Senate poised to shift to the right

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From the Jacksonville Observer: The Florida Senate could be poised for a major power shift, with a bloc of moderate Republicans likely weakened by departures and intra-party rivalries. The changes are already underway, lawmakers and lobbyists say. Republican Sen. Joe Negron’s victory this week in a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, is expected to tilt the seat slightly more to the right. And another special election this fall to replace the late Sen. Jim…

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