Thursday, August 23, 2012

Florida Judge Strikes Down Merit Pay Rules

There was a victory in Florida as an administrative law judge struck down the state's merit-pay rules as "invalid." It appears as though this will not rid the state of its merit pay law nor will it change evaluations from the 2011-2012 school year. However, it will slow down rapid changes in the future. Florida just released the Value-Added Scores to the districts for the 2011-2012 school year, and teachers are still waiting on results. Teachers could be waiting until as late as early October for last school year's results to finalize.

Here's the story from the Orlando Sentinel School Zone Blog:

The ruling likely won’t have a huge impact on the 2011-12 evaluations — which are to be finalized soon — but it could slow the process for any changes to evaluations that might have been planned for this year, said the attorney who brought the challenge.

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