Governor Crist flip-flops on tenure reform

Patrick Gibbons

The Florida Legislature passed a sweeping tenure-reform bill that would have 1) eliminated tenure for new teachers by putting them on one-year, renewable contracts; 2) required teachers to prove that their students actually learned more in the current year than in the previous year; and 3) required school districts to offer merit pay rather than offer bonuses for extra degrees or the number of years spent in the teaching profession.

Sounds like common sense, but Governor Charlie Crist (R) – who was initially supportive of tenure reform and merit pay – turned against the bill and vetoed it Thursday morning. Critics contend this was done to differentiate himself from Marco Rubio, Crist’s Republican primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race.