A special-education teacher in Florida says she wonders how the state's merit-pay bill awaiting Gov. Charlie Crist's signature or veto will measure her students' achievement. Liza Johnson, who teaches third-graders with special needs, calls the bill "a horrible, horrible detriment to education." Johnson, who has lobbied lawmakers to oppose the legislation, says it will result in more narrowly focused education, less collaboration among teachers and an unpleasant school environment for educators and students.
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