TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida House panel is the next focus
of a heated debate over legislation that would make it easier to
fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.
The Education Policy Council is scheduled for nearly eight hours
of hearings Monday on the teacher bill (HB 7189) and a measure
increasing high school graduation requirements (HB 7053).
The Senate has passed similar bills.
Teachers, parents and students have flooded the Capitol with
calls and e-mail against the teacher pay and tenure bill.
Demonstrations also have been held around around the state and one
teacher has written a protest song.
The debate has been largely partisan with most Republicans
backing the bill and Democrats solidly against it.