From Sunshine State News, a bill ending tenure at State College System cleared the House Subcommittee but faces an uncertain outcome in the State Senate:
A proposal that would pull the plug on multiyear contracts for new state college and community college faculty members and administrators advanced through the House K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee Tuesday on a party-lines vote.
Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, the chairman of the subcommittee, relinquished the gavel to present the bill to the committee. He insisted that only employees at the 28 schools in the State College System — and not universities — would be impacted by the proposal.
The measure would impact all new hires — save college presidents – after July 1, moving them to one-year contracts as opposed to multiyear contracts.
Fresen’s legislation would also move the State College System into line with the teacher performance pay measure passed and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott earlier in the month. The measure would set up assessments for instructors and administrators — and abolish seniority as a factor when employment cuts are made.
“I look at that system as one that has to be a lot more responsive to real world scenarios in real world time,” insisted Fresen, who pointed toward the increased enrollment in those schools due to the economy.
Fresen maintained that he spoke to college administrators and that this measure would help them respond to the changing education marketplace.
“We’re trying to figure out … how we can make their jobs easier with less and truly respond to the environment that they’re in,” said Fresen, who said that college presidents and administrators were “handcuffed” by the current system.
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