September 23, 2011 – Associated Press
Florida Teachers Union Files Suit Over Merit Pay Plan
Florida's teacher union is suing the state over a new law that requires merit pay and ends tenure for new hires, one of a number passed nationwide changing how teachers are evaluated. The Florida Education Association contends that SB 736, which was signed in to law by Gov. Rick Scott in March, is unconstitutional because it substantially changes how teachers are paid and evaluated while denying instructors their right to collective bargaining. "The provisions of SB 736 radically transform the teaching profession — and not for the better," said Cory Williams, a middle school teacher included in the lawsuit. "The expertise and knowledge of teachers have been ignored throughout this process and our constitutional rights have been trampled."