Teacher's Union Challenges Merit Pay
May 31, 2012 | WMFE - The state teacher's union says the Florida Department of Education and the State Board of Education exceeded their authority in setting out rules for districts to follow in crafting new teacher evaluations. Those assessments are used to determine who gets merit pay bonuses. The union took its case to an administrative law judge Wednesday.
The Board and the Department of Education handed down a list of 13 requirements for districts to follow in crafting new teacher evaluation plans. But Florida Education Association attorney Tony Demma says those rules are vague and don’t comply with state law.
“The challenge is that they have exceeded the authority they were delegated.” Demma said.
The state argues that it’s within its rights to make suggestions for district’s to follow. If the union wins, school districts would get a little more flexibility in crafting teacher evaluations. Those reviews would be used to determine who gets merit pay, and whether teachers are doing a good job in the classroom. The judge did not say when he would rule.