Published: Aug 22, 2012 6:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An administrative law judge says a Florida teacher evaluation rule is invalid.
    
Judge John Van Landingham on Wednesday in Tallahassee found the State Board of Education and Florida Department of Education failed to follow rulemaking procedures.
    
The Florida Education Association challenged the rule designed to implement evaluation criteria required by a new state law passed last year. The FEA is Florida's statewide teachers union.
    
State education officials must begin the rulemaking process from scratch or they can ask the 1st District Court of Appeal to overrule Van Landingham.
    
Union officials say the decision does not invalidate other evaluation systems approved by the state in connection with a $700 million federal Race to the Top grant.
    
It also does not erase evaluation requirements in the new law but will delay them.

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