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Ausley hits Atwater for SB 6 support

Ah, it seems so long ago -- Gov. Charlie Crist was a Republican and he spurned his party by vetoing the teacher merit pay bill, SB 6. Afterward, he was showered in support from teachers and many in the education community.

Well, Loranne Ausley, the Democratic candidate in the down-ticket CFO race, is trying to catch lightning in a bottle again. She called out her opponent, Senate President Jeff Atwater, for allowing the bill to go through on his watch and for supporting efforts to bring it back next year. (Education isn't a central role of the chief financial officer, but the issue is a distinction between the candidates.)

"“We’ve heard Jeff Atwater and others say that SB 6 is coming back,” Ausley said. “There is no discussion of coming to the table and having a discussion. Everything we’ve heard is shoving it down our throats again. That is not acceptable."

Flanked by about 10 PTA members, principals and the VP of the state's largest teacher union, Ausley said she is not opposed to accountability or reform, but "we want reform that we all are at the table discussing."