Republicans Celebrate Passage of Landmark Education Bill Despite Outcry from Teachers’ Unions

The Republican-dominated Florida House and Senate on Monday passed a massive education package on Monday that would impose strict new regulations on a core constituency of Democrats: teachers’ unions.

The bill requires that 50 percent of all teachers eligible to be members of a teachers’ union must be dues-paying members or else the union may not be recertified. Supporters said the rule was a common sense measure to ensure teachers’ unions accurately represent the will of the majority.

Teachers’ unions have vehemently opposed the measure, and said the fact that the Senate also passed a measure on Monday that would allow school staff to be trained and armed against school shooters added insult to injury.

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