Appeals court rules against teachers suing to block law that bases evaluations, pay on testing



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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The state's teachers union says it is disappointed after another loss in its effort to overturn a 2011 law that set new guidelines on teacher evaluations.

A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision last year to throw out the case.

Seven teachers from three counties, as well as the Florida Education Association, contended that the 2011 law tying teacher evaluations and pay to standardized testing is unconstitutional.

While the appeals court said the system may not be the best way to evaluate teachers, and may actually be a poor one, it ruled against the teachers.

Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed the measure in 2010, but Gov. Rick Scott approved it the following year.

The seven teachers are from Alachua, Escambia and Hernando counties.

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