Senate bill defeated, educators still worried

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By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial education bill last week, but according to School Board of Levy County Superintendent Robert Hastings, more controversial legislation is likely to pass without much notice.

Among other issues, Senate Bill 6 proposed radical changes to teacher performance evaluations and virtually eliminated any prospect of tenure for new teachers. The bill was widely derided throughout the state by teacher unions and superintendents, who said it was too radical and unfair to teachers. Supporters argued that it would have increased efficiency of teacher evaluations and raised education standards, especially in struggling schools.

"Senate Bill 6 was so large, there was going to be something in there that everyone could hate," Hastings said.

Cindy Roach, president of the Levy County Education Association, said area teachers were glad to see the bill go.

"Oh my gosh, they are ecstatic," she said.

Roach added that teachers will retain their due process obtained through the professional service contract, which was at risk with the passage of Senate Bill 6.

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