Florida Governor Rick Scott will now have his say on Republican-sponsored legislation setting up a merit pay plan for Florida teachers and ending tenure for new hires. The bill is one of the Republican governor’s top priorities. It’s the first bill the Legislature has sent Scott since he took office. Former Governor Charlie Crist, then a Republican who later became an independent, vetoed a similar bill 11 months ago after public outcry. The new version of the bill is similar to a $700 million federal Race to the Top education grant that includes a move to merit pay. Opponents say the bill will take away due process for teachers and their rights to collective bargaining.
Seminole County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday asking the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to reinstate a ban on bear hunting in Florida. The resolution also asks the state agency to maintain a focus on "reducing human-bear conflicts through deterrent techniques and habitat management."