9 thoughts on “Crazy Florida

  1. Yup, they (Republicans, conservatives, fundagelicals, whoever) are out to dismantle public education.

  2. Hate to say it, but the current administration is working on dismantling public education, too. Though they tend not to be as obvious about it as those people down in Florida.

  3. oy….i live in florida now. my mom is in a teaching like position as she was in philly for 20 years. she is horrified at everything from the teachers to the school districts to the quality of the students. a lot of people home school down here not for religious reasons but just because the schools are so bad (and they are highly educated people with lots of time on their hands because there are no jobs here)

    my sister teaches in mass and it really sucks up there. she has a masters in edu and gets paid less than $40,000 a year and teaches the worst kids in one of the poorest districts in the state.

    my daughter has a high paying non union job teaching high risk youth in a private program in nj. christie wants to do the same thing florida wants to do. she is about to get her masters degree and a raise. her school is amazing and her job is hard. her school is facing dismantling. success in her school is kids make it to graduation. better than 50% is a great year. no race riots and shootings is icing on the cake. surprise pee testing is mandatory to participate. she absolutely loves this job even though its hard and sometimes scary and she loves her admin. she loves her students (the ones that dont want to blow the place up). she is is planning to move to oregon asap. they pay teachers less but she will be certified for admin within the year. then she is out of here.

  4. we’re in a race to the bottom…racing no one but ourselves, since every other nation is racing to the top.

  5. A nice, calm STATEWIDE WALKOUT BY ALL TEACHERS might help.

    Just like the nurses did when they were saddled with unacceptible working conditions – JUST SAY NO. See what happens when the millions of school students from elementary to high school have to stay home for months (and just wait til sr graduation is delayed – oh, the legislators will hear from the public then, lemme tell you).

    Every teacher in the state should write their legislators and tell them they will lose their jobs come next election if they pass this crap.

  6. I was amazed at the hositlity toward teachers from some town employees where I live (northern NJ, and teachers in NJ do have better average pay than many other states. The public also demands excellence in theiir schools. Some just don’t want to pay for it….). The workers I was talking to feel that since the teachers have unionized and get decent protections under their union contracts that it’s not fair to them, as they don’t have a good union (or any union at all). And there was incredible anger that teachers’ contracts will give them 4% wage increases.

    So, I suggested, why not unionize? Oh, no, unions don’t do anything for workers but take their money through dues.

    Heaven help us.

    Obama does not help in educating the public; indeed, he disses teachers himself.

  7. It’s a relief to hear Crist is withdrawing his support, though similar efforts are being made in other places, including DC. We’re going to hear this story again and again. For anyone who is interested in following school issues, I recommend http://www.schoolsmatter.info/

    I had the thought that Tom did, that the teachers should walk out, but I thought the parents should take their kids out, too — Don’t know who would organize that though, since I don’t think there’s a strong teachers union in Florida and as far as I can tell, PTA/PTOs don’t see themselves as political.

    But a teacher/student walkout wouldn’t be without at least one precedent: way back in the late 60s, when I was a junior high student in NYC, there was a terribly controversal teachers’ strike that went on for months (about community control, it’s a long story). The teachers’ union set up alternative schools in community centers, churches, etc., and the kids of the parents who supported the strike went there. When the strike finally ended, the school day was lengthened to make up for the time lost, so it’s not as if the alternative school “counted.” But it made a statement.

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