States Move To Revamp Teacher Pay And Tenure

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Florida Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP)
Florida Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP)

Several states across the country are looking to revamp teacher pay and tenure. Right now, most teachers are paid based on a "step system," where they get automatic raises based on how many years they've been teaching and their level of education. This week, Florida became the latest state to take on the issue when Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into a law a bill getting rid of tenure for new teachers.

The law would also base teacher raises on evaluations they get from principals and how well their students perform on standardized tests. We speak with State Representative Ana Rivas Logan (R-Miami), who supported the law, and Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, an umbrella group for teacher unions in that state. We then speak with Steve Sawchuck of Education Week about the nationwide trend to change the way teachers get paid.

This segment aired on March 25, 2011.


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