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10 Republicans voted against teacher tenure bill

Republican leaders made it clear that the so-called "teacher tenure" bill was a session priority, but at least 10 party members broke rank and voted against the controversial measure Thursday.

Many face contested elections this year.

They are:

Rep. Faye Culp, R- Tampa.

Rep. Ed Homan, R-Tampa.

Rep. Marcelo Llorente, R-Miami.

Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs.

Rep. Pat Patterson, R-Deland.

Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami.

Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami.

Rep. Ron Schultz, R-Homosassa.

Rep. Charles Van Sant, R-Palatka.

Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami.


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Ms. S. Rodriguez

As an educator with a medical background, who also happens to be a conservative, I feel the politicians need to keep their nose out of this one. Vote against house bill SB6. It borders on the ridiculous. Unless all children come from the exact same neighborhoods, have the same socio-economic backgrounds, are members of the same gene pools, are raised by intelligent families who read to them throughout their childhoods and help them with their homework, all have parents with high moral characters who are there for them whenever they need them, unless all children were not born prematurely or of low birth weight, and unless all children are taught by teachers who have more than three years experience (that's when it starts to kick in, trust me!). Unless all classrooms have absolutely no children who are disruptive and prevent other students from learning. Unless all children have developed the same learning styles and are attentive at all times. Unless all these wonderful events come together all at once, then house bill SB6 is nonsense. And especially to put that kind of pressure on new teachers who need to grow into their professions, which is why we put them through internship and a first year teacher's program under clinical educators! Politicians need to be educated on the dynamics, the art, and the science of teaching and learning. Education is not as simplistic as selling something on commission, or making a charismatic speech, or even signing a bill! I would suggest government officials spend at least a month in a classroom shadowing educators and then be made to take the high school FCAT and SAT in a classroom setting, under fluorescent lights, at a student desk, in a plastic chair as a prerequisite to vote on anything to do with education. Sounds quite reasonable to me!
Ms. Sharman Rodriguez

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