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Crist expects to use full week to decide on SB 6

Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday afternoon that he has been getting "a ton" of pressure and interest over the teacher tenure bill, a level of concern unlike any other piece of legislation since he became governor.

Crist, who received the bill and must act on it within seven days, would not say whether he is leaning toward signing or vetoing it.

"I probably would take the full week. I think it's too important to do anything hasty. So I want to take as much input as I can and review it, get fully briefed on it again."

Crist's father is former chairman of the Pinellas School Board and two of his three sisters have been schoolteachers. He acknowledged getting lobbied within his own family.

"They're making very good suggestions from the heart," he said, without revealing what decision they would like him to make.

Crist denied being worried about the political consequences of his decision, as he continues to wage a tough battle for a U.S. Senate seat.

Crist was in St. Petersburg, his hometown, to speak to the group Leadership Pinellas.

   -- Curtis Krueger, St. Petersburg Times