Students at Coral Gables Senior High School walked out of class Wednesday morning to support teachers and protest a controversial bill overhauling teacher pay and tenure and waiting for Gov. Charlie Crist's signature or veto.
Students filed out onto the football field at the school at around 10 a.m., Miami-Dade district spokesman John Schuster said. "Everyone is safe," he added.
Crist said Tuesday pressure on the bill -- a litmus test in Florida political races -- is unlike any he has seen before. The governor will spend much of Monday afternoon meeting with bill backers, according to his schedule. He has heard from thousands of opponents since the House passed the legislation last week -- including the Florida School Boards Association and the Broward school district. Miami-Dade School Board members may take a formal position on the bill at a meeting Wednesday.
UPDATE: Students also walked out Wednesday at McFatter Technical Center and Western High, both in Davie, a Broward school district spokeswoman said. That follows a walkout at Cooper City High on Monday.