Yet another reason to miss Charlie Crist: Gov. Rick Scott signs teacher merit pay bill

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Gov. Rick Scott signed the teacher merit pay bill on Thursday in Jacksonville, his first signed legislation since becoming governor, reports the News Service of Florida. ?e must recruit and retain the best people to make sure every classroom in Florida has a highly effective teacher,?Scott said. The portion of the bill dealing with eliminating multi-year contracts for new teachers goes into effect July 1. Schools are given three years to set up new evaluation systems for teachers tied to test scores. That portion goes into effect July 2014. This is the second year the Legislature has attempted to pass a merit pay bill, with former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoing the bill last year after teacher protests. This year, the response from teachers was more muted ?though many still opposed it – and Scott indicated early on his support for tying teacher pay to test scores.

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