Senate Bill 736

With the passage of Florida Senate Bill 736, we know that teachers may have some uncertainties.  The following is a message from your Commissioner of Education, Dr. Eric J. Smith, “I commend the Florida Senate for passing a measure today that, if ultimately placed into law, will fundamentally improve the work going on in our classrooms and the overall achievement of our children. Senate Bill 736 is groundbreaking legislation for our state, requiring a fair and accurate evaluation of our teachers that logically links their performance to the academic achievement of their students.  Simply put, our current system of evaluation is not useful. It relies solely on principal and peer observation, and fails to connect our teachers to the work of their students. This legislation allows us to address that deficiency and gives us the capability to finally recognize and reward our most effective teachers for the fantastic job they are doing.”

To learn more about Senate Bill 736, please use the link below: http://www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/EduLegislation.asp.  If you have additional questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact the me at justforteachers@fldoe.org.

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