A Tallahassee judge denied the Florida Education Association a second chance at challenging a 2011 law making sweeping changes to teacher tenure, evaluations and pay. The teacher’s union could appeal to a higher court.
Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled that when lawmakers approved SB 736 they did not unlawfully delegate authority to the state Board of Education. An attorney for the Florida Education Association argued that when lawmakers directed the board to develop a performance-based scheme to increase teacher salaries they failed to include a matrix to measure a teacher’s effectiveness.
“The question is where are the guidelines?” said Lynn Hearn, representing the plaintiff in the suit filed against the BOE. “What are the standards that they (defendants) believe are in the statute for setting the cut scores or the performance evaluation ratings?”