A federal appeals court is expected to hear arguments in the battle on the constitutionality of a system which tied teacher evaluations to student performance in Florida.
A coalition of teachers unions have filed suit against the state and three local school boards over the planned performance evaluation that will assign grades to Florida’s teachers.
Florida has received one of the top grades in the nation from a research and policy group for its programs which prepare teachers for the classroom.
For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year is a contender for the National Teacher of the Year award.
Florida’s students may be behind in test scores nationally, but roughly 97 percent of teachers were rated as “effective” or “highly effective” under a new value-added model.
Tuesday may become known as the beginning of the protests. Thirty-two of them were held across Florida Tuesday, including downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as the Florida legislature began its session.