Florida Forges Ahead with School Choice, Merit Pay

Here is an update on the education reform effort in Florida from the Heartland Institute:

Florida’s low-income and minority students won a victory Thursday, April 9, when the state House of Representatives voted to expand the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, also known as Step Up for Students. The program currently provides more than 25,000 low-income students with up to $3,950 per year to attend a school of their choice. SB 2126 passed 95-23, with solid bipartisan support.

More contentious was a landmark bill that would establish merit pay for teachers in the Sunshine State. The House passed SB 6 at 2:26 a.m. Friday, after nine hours of debate and with 11 Republicans joining a unanimous bloc of Democrats in opposition. Gov. Charlie Crist (R) initially had expressed support for SB 6 and had touted merit pay when he ran for governor in 2006. But Crist, who is running for U.S. Senate this year, began to waver Thursday and may veto the bill.

Click here to read more from the Heartland Institute.


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