TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott pledged to eliminate teacher tenure in Florida public schools Friday.
"Were going to focus on the things that I campaigned on in the election," said Scott at his first news conference since being sworn in as Florida Governor. "We're going to eliminate tenure."
Tenure is a plan that is supposed to protect experienced teachers from losing their jobs. However Scott says it also protects poor performing teachers by making it difficult for schools to fire them.
Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association Executive Director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins says eliminating tenure might also eliminate one reason for good teachers to come to Florida. "In a world when we're trying to attract and retain the best teachers, tenure is part of what makes the teaching profession attractive," said Baxter-Jenkins.
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