Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crist vetoes controversial teacher bill

Gary Fineout, 04/15/2010 - 12:59 PM

Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday vetoed SB 6, the controversial measure that would strip job protections from teachers.

Crist publicly announced his veto at a noon press conference just outside his office which has been bombarded with calls and e-mails from teachers across the state.

The governor said he based his veto on several reasons, including the speed at which the bill moved through the Legislature and the fact that House Republicans refused to consider any amendments on the bill once it reached the full House.

Crist also said it would place the jobs of teachers in jeopardy and he said he was concerned about how it would impact special education teachers who would be evaluated based on the results of a high stakes test.

It's not clear yet how lawmakers plan to react, although a veto override would appear out of the question since the measure was opposed by Democrats and a handful of Republicans. It takes a two-thirds vote for an override.

But there could be a backlash against Crist that could affect how the session ends over the next two weeks.



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