TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican-sponsored legislation setting up a merit pay plan for Florida teachers and ending tenure for new hires has gone to Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill (SB 736) that passed the GOP-controlled Florida House on a partisan 80-39 roll call Wednesday is one of the Republican governor's top priorities.
It's the first bill the Legislature has sent Scott since he took office.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican who later became an independent, vetoed a similar bill 11 months ago after widespread protests.
The new version is designed to mirror Florida's plan for a $700 million federal Race to the Top education grant that includes a move to merit pay.
Opponents, though, say it goes beyond that blue print by chipping away at teachers' due process and collective bargaining rights.
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