Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Radical" teacher overhaul in Florida

Florida launched into a historic, high-stakes venture Thursday to see if radical changes to the teaching profession can boost student success.

In the spotlight: Senate Bill 736, a sweeping package signed by Gov. Rick Scott that dramatically alters how teachers are hired, fired, evaluated and paid.

More than two years in the making, the new law is one of the most far-reaching of its kind in the nation and one of the biggest shakeups in the history of Florida public schools. Tenure is gone for new teachers and contracts and pay will be tied to student test scores.

It's truly amazing how quickly those who ran on a platform of "change" in 2008 have morphed into defenders of the status quo, dismissive of all change as "radical".

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