Florida House begins two-day debate on teacher pay, tenure

9 hours of floor action are scheduled Tuesday, 12 more hours and roll call set for Wednesday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is bracing for two long days of debate on a new version of a bill that would set up a merit pay plan for teachers and end tenure for new hires after a similar measure was vetoed last year.

The chamber has scheduled nine hours of floor action Tuesday. Up to 12 more hours including a roll call are set for Wednesday.

The Senate passed the bill (SB 736) last week. It's less rigid than one former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed after widespread protests by teachers, parents, students and many local school officials.

The Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, still has problems with it, though, and the House will consider proposed changes.

Gov. Rick Scott has expressed strong support for the legislation.

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