No Picket Signs in Florida. Use Ballots to Help Schools. | Randy Schultz

Teachers in five states have walked out in recent weeks. Would a strike happen in Florida? Probably not.

But could education become a key political issue this year? It should.

In West Virginia, teachers got a 5 percent raise after striking for two weeks. West Virginia, though, is one of 15 states in which the legislature sets teacher salaries statewide. The system in Florida is more complicated, and so are the politics.

Like West Virginia, Florida forbids public employees from striking or merely “instigating or supporting, in any manner, a strike.” Unlike West Virginia, Florida specifies harsh punishments. Individuals can lose their jobs. Fines for unions can be $20,000 per day of the walkout.

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