COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Hundreds of Collier County teachers are rallying against proposed changes to the way teachers are evaluated in the state. Just days from now, the Legislature will meet to consider whether teachers pay should be based on their students FCAT scores-- a concept causing uproar with educators across Florida.
On Friday, about 350 teachers rallied at nine different intersections within Collier County to voice fierce opposition to that legislation. The bills are similar to Senate Bill 6, which former Governor Charlie Crist vetoed last year. They call for a part of teachers evaluation to be based on how well students perform on the FCAT and other exam. But this year, they say their battle is even greater. Governor Rick Scott has vowed to sign the bill if it comes before his desk.
Now, teachers are sending out this warning to lawmakers.
"think about what you're doing. Just think about it. There are a lot of teachers in Florida. If you're concerned about your political future, think about what you're going to do," Collier County 3rd grade teacher Jack West said at a rally on Friday.
Similar teachers rallies were held across the state on Friday. Lee County educators are planning a similar demonstration for Tuesday.