Teacher’s union plans lawsuit on merit pay

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It seems the statewide teacher’s union is planning a lawsuit related to the teacher merit pay law passed by the Florida Legislature this year, reports the News Service of Florida. The Florida Education Association, which represents teachers and other school employees, is holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss “legal actions stemming from SB 736,” which was the teacher merit pay bill. The Florida Education Association had opposed the measure and said it would be harmful to teachers. The new law ties teacher salaries to student performance on tests. It also eliminates longer-term contracts and puts all teachers on one-year contracts. This is the third lawsuit the FEA has spearheaded this year related to new laws passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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