Fla. teachers union files lawsuit over merit-pay law

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Florida by the state's teachers union, claiming the state did not negotiate with teachers before approving a merit-pay law -- a violation of collective bargaining rights. Under the law, passed this year, teachers' evaluations are now tied to students' test scores and those evaluations are used in salary and hiring decisions. Tenure was also eliminated for new teachers. A union attorney said the union is not suing over the merit-pay law itself, but rather the way in which it was passed.

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