On Thursday, Gov Scott signed SB 736, the education reform bill that substantially revises laws governing teacher contracts, evaluations, and compensation. Most significantly, the bill ends tenure contracts for new teachers, an initiative that has not had serious momentum since the late 1990s. National and state education unions predictably criticized the bill; the Florida Education Association labeled the bill an “unfunded mandate” on local school districts, while the American Federation of Teachers criticized the Legislature for “ramming” through the legislation. On the other side, well-known education reformer Michelle Rhee hailed the initiative as a “landmark bill.”