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Union-Busting Bill Draws Lawsuit from Florida Education Association and Teachers

| July 3, 2018

Florida teachers and unions filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires local unions to represent 50 percent or more of instructional personnel.

Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s School Voucher Program, Calling It a “Dereliction” of Free Education

| August 29, 2014

The Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which could raise as much as $357.8 million this year, provides tax credits to companies that donate money to nonprofit entities that pay for children to go to private schools.

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.

Calling It Flawed and Damaging, Teachers Union Wants Evaluation System Delayed

| November 23, 2012

The state’s largest teachers union is pushing for lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott to delay a new system of teacher evaluations, saying the formula for measuring teachers’ performance is flawed and could wreak havoc on their careers.

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.

Only Partial Victory for Palm Coast’s Merrill Shapiro in Fight Against Religious Aid Bid

| December 14, 2011

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis struck down only part of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow taxpayer money to go to religious institutions, leaving the door wide open for a fix in time for the 2012 ballot. The case was brought by Palm Coast Rabbi Merrill Shapiro and public education advocates.

Florida Teachers Union Sues the State
Over Merit Pay, Calling It Unconstitutional

| September 15, 2011

The Florida Education Association says tying the state’s merit pay provision to standardized tests is unlawful because it violates collective-bargaining rights embedded in the constitution.

3% Pension Contributions by Public Employees Begins as Judge Rejects an Injunction

| July 1, 2011

The state’s teachers union is suing over the 3 percent requirement, and was hoping to delay its implementation until the case is settled. That case is still going forward, but 3 percent contributions begin today.

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.

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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