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Judge denies request to rehear challenge to SB 736

A Tallahassee judge Tuesday denied a motion for a rehearing in a case challenging a 2011 state law concerning how public school teachers are evaluated and paid.

Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled that when lawmakers approved SB 736 they did not unlawfully delegate authority to the state Board of Education. An attorney for the Florida Education Association argued that when lawmakers directed the board to develop a performance-based scheme to increase teacher salaries they failed to include a matrix to measure a teacher’s effectiveness.

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