TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's statewide teachers union is discouraging local affiliates from endorsing the state's application for up to $700 million in federal stimulus grant money.
Education Commissioner Eric Smith's plan would require school districts and their teachers unions to adopt local merit pay plans based on student test scores as a condition for receiving grant money. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford called the proposal "fatally flawed" Thursday in an open letter to Smith published as an advertisement in the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.
Ford called the application for a Race to the Top grant "prescriptive, topdown and unreasonable." A Department of Education spokeswoman had no immediate comment.