Published: Apr 15, 2010 6:44 PM EDT

Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill
making it easier to fire Florida teachers and link their pay to
student test scores.
      Crist's rejection Thursday of the measure (SB 6) is a slap at
his fellow Republicans in the Legislature and former Gov. Jeb Bush,
who had pushed the bill. It had generated protests by teachers and
parents across the state and had scant public support.
      It was considered the most far-reaching legislation of its kind
      The bill would have eliminated tenure for new teachers. It also
called for evaluations based at least half on testing gains for use
in determining merit pay raises and recertification.
      Some see the veto as a sign that Crist will drop out of the GOP
primary for the U.S. Senate and run as an independent.