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Representative Mike Clelland Files HB 377 To Help Florida Prepare For New Teacher Merit Pay Law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Rep. Mike Clelland (D-Lake Mary) has filed House Bill 377 to ensure that Florida’s far-reaching teacher merit pay law is tied to the state’s new student assessment system, known as Common Core Standards.
“Florida’s teachers, school administrators and parents deserve better than a hastily implemented teacher pay and assessment program,” said Representative Clelland. “With adequate funding, teacher training, research and data, Florida will be in a better posture to implement the new teacher merit pay law. House Bill 377 will provide our educators additional time that is critically needed to make the necessary preparations for these significant changes to our education system.”
House Bill 377 gives Florida an additional two years – or until the 2016-17 school year — to prepare for implementation of the state’s merit pay law that that Legislature approved and the governor signed in 2011, and which ties teacher pay to student’s FCAT test scores. Under the merit pay law, many public school teachers will be evaluated based on test scores of students they have never taught.