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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 11:10 AM
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Gov. Crist vetoes teacher tenure bill
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Edited on Thu Apr-15-10 11:11 AM by seafan
Source: St. Petersburg Times

TALLAHASSEE After weeks of protest and a deluge of messages, Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday vetoed a bill that would link teacher pay to student test scores and wipe out tenure for new teachers.
His decision, announced in a noon news conference at the Capitol, came as little surprise. Although Crist initially voiced support for Senate Bill 6, he had distanced himself over the past week as protests mounted.

With just a little over two weeks left in the session, many educators and politicians have expressed doubt the Legislature can rewrite the bill and get it passed.
The Florida Senate passed the bill 21-17; it got through the House of Representatives by a 64-55 vote. The bill had strong support among Republican Party leadership, but some in the GOP joined Democrats in opposition.

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Crist has been inundated with messages about the bill, receiving more than 109,000. Though about 49,000 were still unread, almost 58,000 of the messages that had been logged were against the bill.

He had frequently said that he wanted to take his time to hear from his "bosses,'' the people of Florida, as he made up his mind.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/article10876...
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