The Senate's budget panel has cleared a bill making minor changes to Florida's teacher evaluation system but tacked on a provision from the contentious "parent trigger" bill at the last minute.
The Appropriations committee Tuesday cleared the bill (SB 980) with an amendment that ensures students won't get assigned to an ineffective teacher for two years in a row. A teacher's ineffectiveness is based on performance evaluations.
That amendment was part of this year's parent trigger bill. It gives parents a vote in turnaround options for failing schools that include private charter schools. It passed the House and is now in the Senate. A similar bill died there last year.
Teachers unions recently sued the state over evaluations that grade some Florida teachers on subjects and students they don't teach.