|Published:||Apr 01, 2010 1:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 01, 2010 1:48 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Senate bill 6 passed the state Senate. The next step is the House, and future teachers are wondering what it means for their careers.
The bill is causing some students studying to become teachers to think about changing their plans. If this passes, it would change education in Florida.
The most controversial part - paying teachers based on how their students perform on standardized tests.
"I've always wanted to be a teacher, always."
Ailsa Wallace is studying education at Edison State College and thinks Senate bill 6 would ruin how teachers teach.
"I think it would be really unfair for their salaries to be cut based on performance and I think it's more than a teacher that is involved in a students life and the success of a student."
If passed, it might be enough to make Omar Santiago change his life plan.
"Originally it was music education but now I'm switching it to physical therapy. To become a teacher now, it's just not worth it."
"I'm not really comfortable with that idea."
Stephanie Parales is majoring in music education, and also disagrees with the bill.
"I can understand the concept behind it, but I just don't think it's going to work out well."
She thinks the government is taking teachers for granted.
"I just don't think it's fair, especially because a lot of the jobs and services we have are based off of someone teaching them to do that."
For Wallace, even though she opposes the bill, she said it will make her work harder to achieve her dream.
"It makes me want to fight for it, and fight to teach even more and change the minds of the legislators."
Florida's Education Commissioner, Dr. Eric Smith, supports the plan saying it rewards the best educators. He said there a lot of other parts to this bill that benefit students too.
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