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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DOE Press Office
850-245-0413

Statement From Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett
on Lawsuit on Florida's Teacher Evaluation Process

"The performance pay legislation signed into law in 2011 helps us recruit and retain quality teachers. There is currently another piece of legislation (HB 7141/SB 980) under consideration in the Legislature that would make improvements to the Student Success Act, including ensuring that teachers are evaluated only on the students and subjects they teach. The legislation would also provide that teachers could not be eligible for a performance pay system until an appropriate assessment for their students and subjects is in place. We look forward to working with teachers, administrators and Florida families as we continue ensure a fair and appropriate assessment that best rewards the success of our great teachers."