Florida Testing Debate Shifts For RepublicansFor years, debates about holding Florida teachers and schools accountable followed a predictable pattern: Democrats and teachers unions criticized the plans as being too heavily reliant on standardized testing, while Republicans pushed through the plans and insisted that measuring student progress ensures children will learn. This year, the terms of the debate have changed.
Fla. Supreme Court Upholds Forced Contribution To State Pension PlanThe Florida Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold a law requiring public employees to contribute three percent of their income to the state’s pension plan.
Florida's Teacher Evaluation Plan Under Fire Florida’s statewide teacher evaluation system is under fire once again.
Group Forms To Support Repeal Ban On Public Funding Of ChurchesA new group called “Yes on 8 Campaign” has formed to support a repeal of Florida’s ban on public funding of churches and other religious organizations.
Judge Strikes Down 3% Pension Requirement For State WorkersA state judge has struck down a new law that required public employees to contribute 3-percent of their income to their retirement pensions.
Fla. Teacher's Union Files Lawsuit On Merit PayFlorida’s statewide teacher's union has filed a lawsuit related to the teacher merit pay law passed by the Florida Legislature this year.
Unions Challenge School Voucher ExpansionThe Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the state over a proposed 2012 state constitutional amendment that would repeal the state’s ban on giving taxpayer money to aid churches and other religious organizations.
Judge Backs State In Gov't Worker Pension FightStarting Friday, Florida state government workers will have to contribute 3% of their paycheck to their pension fund, despite a court battle on the change which is just getting started. Late Thursday night, a judge blocked efforts to force the state to put aside money to pay that 3% while the battle moves through the court system,
Scott Signs Pension Bill In Spite Of LawsuitDespite a lawsuit from the Florida Education Association and countless other public worker unions, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 2100 into law, meaning all government employees to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to the Florida Retirement System.
BTU Joins Suit To Stop Forced Retirement ContributionsThe Florida Education Association has sued the state to block a new requirement forcing government workers to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to their retirement funds, according to the News Service of Florida.