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How Florida School Districts Are Negotiating Next Year’s Teacher Contracts

Contract negotiations between Florida’s school districts and teacher unions is in full swing, but district face very different budget situations. Here’s a roundup of labor news around the state from the past week: Palm Beach County is facing a $31.7 million budget shortfall, but the teachers’ union is asking for raises, according to the South […]

Miami-Dade Teacher Evaluations Insufficient, Report Says

Miami-Dade schools do not do enough to weed out poor-performing teachers, according to a new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The nation’s fourth-largest school district fired just 10 of more than 20,000 teachers last year for poor performance, according to the report. In comparison, Springfield, Illinois fired 10 of 2,144 teachers while […]

Would You Donate Your Sick Days to a Colleague?

If a cancer-stricken colleague has burned all of his or her sick leave, would you want to donate yours to help them out? A Florida lawmakers has introduced a bill allowing just that. Stuart Republican Rep. Gayle Harrell told TCPalm.com that the bill was inspired by Karen Gangi, a Martin County elementary teacher who used […]

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