Dockery: Scott Will Want New Version of SB6

TAMPA (2010-11-8) -

Some supporters of the controversial teacher performance bill, Senate Bill 6, hope that Governor-Elect Rick Scott will help to resurrect the measure. But Lakeland's State Sen. Paula Dockery says not to expect Scott to rubberstamp the bill as it existed in the last session.

The Florida legislature is not expected to tackle Senate bill 6 at its upcoming special session. But at some point in the next session or two, a bill linking teacher pay to student performance is expected to resurface.

Sen. Paula Dockery is part of Scott's transition team.She says that Scott -- whose daughter is a teacher -- wants educators to have more of a say when crafting the bill this time.

"He's in favor of the concept of tying pay to merit and doing away with teacher tenure," says Dockery, "but he's not in favor of being punitive to teachers, and he wanted teachers at the table discussing what the new version would look like."

Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6 in April, saying teachers didn't feel their voices were being heard.

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