Scale back Florida’s teacher merit-pay rules, lawmakers say

Florida’s controversial teacher merit-pay law could be scaled back again in coming months, as some state lawmakers think student test scores should no longer play into teacher evaluations.

Proposals filed by two Republican lawmakers would unwind part of what the GOP once touted as one of its landmark reforms of the past decade — the 2011 teacher merit-pay law. The legislation, the first Rick Scott signed as governor, was fiercely opposed by many educators because it did away with some job protections for teachers, tied teacher evaluations to student performance on tests and aimed to end the long-standing practice of giving teachers raises based on years of work.

Laws passed in recent years undid some of those provisions, and now Rep. Rene Plascenia, R-Orlando, wants to go a step further.

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