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Flagler’s Teachers Still Waiting on Their $1,900 Raise as District and Union Negotiate Contract

| October 10, 2013

Flagler’s teachers are in the same situation as teachers in 53 other counties where negotiations with unions have delayed the raises. A sticking point in Flagler: the district wants the authority to renegotiate annual “step” raises, while the union wants those step increases to continue to be awarded automatically, as they have been to date.

Judge Rejects Teachers’ Challenge to Law Tying Pay and Evaluations to Student Performance

| May 3, 2013

A group of teachers, backed by the Florida Education Association, contended in the challenge that the law violated constitutionally guaranteed collective-bargaining rights and that lawmakers had given too much decision-making authority to the state Board of Education.

Merit Pay Only as Lawmakers Knock Out $2,500 Across-the-Board Raise for Teachers

| April 22, 2013

While granting Gov. Rick Scott $480 million he requested for education, lawmakers rejected a $2,500 across-the-board pay for teachers, tying any raises to merit pay only. The methodology for such increases has itself been controversial.

As Teachers Sue, Supportive Superintendents Criticize Evaluations Tied to Pay and Tests

| April 18, 2013

Superintendents expressed frustration with the state’s teacher evaluation law during a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott a day after teachers filed suit in federal court to overturn the law, Scott himself endorsed trying to fix the provision attacked by the lawsuit, but lawmakers must carry out the fix.

In a Victory for Florida Teachers, Judge Rejects State’s Onerous Evaluation Process

| August 23, 2012

Florida’s teachers union is celebrating a 57-page order rejecting a state-approved rule that would spell out how school districts should evaluate teachers, declaring it “wholly invalid” because of flaws in the way it was pieced together.

From “I’m Not a Dog” To Compromising Bullets as Teachers Union and District Negotiate

| March 12, 2012

After recriminations and a particularly insulting whistle from the district’s lead negotiator, the two sides appeared headed for compromise over the one issue–how teachers are to be evaluated–keeping the district from approving the 2012-13 teachers contract.

Seeking Thaw, Flagler School Board Pleads Its Case Against Teachers’ Charge of “Bad Faith”

| March 11, 2012

School Board member Colleen Conklin and Superintendent Janet Valentine explain why the controversy over a controversial provision in teachers’ contract doesn’t tell the whole story.

Trust-Busting: Union Angered as Flagler School Board Rescinds Its Vote on Teachers’ Contract

| March 7, 2012

Negotiations are back to zero and mutual trust damaged as the Flagler County School Board said it could not legally approve the contract, as it mistakenly did two weeks ago, by carving out a controversial portion of it dealing with teacher evaluations.

Flagler School Board Balks Over New Teacher Contract; Union President Calls It “Bad Faith”

| February 21, 2012

After a closed-door meeting, the Flagler school board ratified a new contract with its teacher union minus a crucial portion defining teacher evaluations, causing a breach with the union just as the two sides are planning next school year.

Transformers: Public Schools Want to Be More Like Charter Schools

| October 22, 2011

Florida public schools, envious of the flexibility enjoyed by charter schools–and fearing a migration to charters–are launching a lobbying campaign in the legislature to relax some public school regulations like class size and school hours.

Foregoing Raise to Top Staff, School Board Awards 2% to Most Others But Cuts Schedules

| June 22, 2011

High and middle school students will lose 45 minutes a day in instructional time, the equivalent of 21 days, and the 2 percent raise won’t make up for salary losses from higher pension and insurance costs and a shorter work year.

Adding to Mounting Legal Challenges for Scott, Public Employees Sue Over 3% Pension Hit

| June 21, 2011

The class-action lawsuit is filed on behalf of 556,296 public employees, including state workers, teachers and police officers. It echoes frustrations that led the Flagler County School Board to talk lawsuit last week.

Flagler School Board Defends Its Own Budget Cutting, Batting Down Most Alternatives

| May 17, 2011

The county’s teacher and service employee unions and the tea party all questioned the way the district went about preparing next year’s budget, but without changing the district’s direction.

District and Teachers’ Union Seal Crucial Agreement on Vast Cuts and Shorter Days

| April 18, 2011

More than tree and a half hours into their latest bargaining session, the union and the Flagler County school district were almost ready to agree to cuts that would eliminate 40 teachers, shorten school days and save $3.5 million next year.

Pressing for Raises, Teachers’ Union Holding District Hostage Over Class-Size Compromise

| June 28, 2010

The union would approve a district plan to comply with class-size requirements in exchange for $2.4 million in raises.

Crist Vetoes Senate Bill 6

| April 15, 2010

Teachers are celebrating, but by vetoing SB6, Charlie Crist sent a message to Marco Rubio that the race for US Senate will be played out in the general election.

Blasting SB6: Teacher Rally Photo Gallery

| April 14, 2010

If Gov. Crist had been in Palm Coast the afternoon of April 14, he’d have witnessed enthusiastic, dedicated anger at SB6 from a big segment of the county’s teachers.

Flagler Teachers Tell Crist: Veto “Horrific” SB6

| April 14, 2010

Some 200 Flagler County teachers, supporters and children thronged a 150-yard stretch of sidewalk in the heart of Palm Coast Wednesday afternoon to protest Senate Bill 6 and demand that Gov. Charlie Crist veto it.

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