This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe program (broadcast live from Alexander Elementary School in Tampa), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush lavishly praised the Florida Senate for passing SB 6 yesterday, the legislation that among other things, would make it easier to eliminate teacher job security for new hires and tie their pay increases to student performance.
The legislation has been excoriated by the teacher unions and Democrats, but passed in the Republican led legislature yesterday by a 21-17 vote. Debate on a House companion bill begins this morning.
Bush, who is a close ally with the sponsor of the Senate bill, Jacksonville Republican John Thrasher, said this morning on the cable news program that "I think it's a great bill. Implemented right it will make the teaching profession truly a profession." He added it would take time to get the data in place to accurately measure learning gains for students (under the bill, the performance standards that would determine teacher pay would begin in 2014).