Scott likely to face tough questions from teachers, parents on FCAT, merit pay …

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Scott likely to face tough questions from teachers, parents on FCAT, merit pay …
News from Palm Beach Post:

Palm Beach County educators are ready to give Florida Gov. Rick Scott an earful when he stops at Boca Raton High School today as part of his 10-city education “listening” tour.

The weeklong tour, which began Monday in Jacksonville, is the latest signal that Scott plans to make education a major focus as he begins to put together his 2013 legislative agenda.

“I hope he’s coming to actually listen,” Wellington High School Principal Mario Crocetti said. “Funding continues to be an issue, and I think we’re all very frustrated with the testing schedules we’re working with.”

Palm Beach County educators and officials have not been shy about making known their frustrations with mandates handed down from the state. This year, the county’s school board led the state in signing a resolution against the over-reliance on high-stakes standardized testing and has lobbied against state cuts to education spending. The district and teachers union are still struggling to sort out legislation on teacher evaluations — championed by Scott — that will eventually tie teacher pay to student test scores.

What’s more, the governor’s visit comes at a time when the district and union representing 12,000-plus teachers are in the midst of tense salary negotiations — focused on teachers’ demanding a return to step raises and decrying a 3 percent state-mandated employee con…………… continues on Palm Beach Post

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Chicago teacher strike highlights division in education community on evaluations
News from Duluth News Tribune:

One of the key disagreements driving Chicago teachers to the picket lines this week is also a central component of President Barack Obama’s education policy: evaluating instructors in part on how much their students improve.

Through its $ 4 billion Race to the Top competition and No Child Left Behind waivers, the Obama administration has encouraged states to change how teachers are assessed and include data on student growth as a component. That policy has hit a nerve in the education community, and not just among the unions.

Critics note there is little if any evidence basing evaluations on test scores will improve student achievement and argue it is being implemented at a large scale too quickl…………… continues on Duluth News Tribune

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