The governor and the teachers
You can’t make up this stuff.
It happened in Florida, where teachers up and down the state are protesting a bill passed by the legislature that would tie teacher pay to standardized tests and do some other things that educators say will harm public schools.
Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, is weighing whether to sign the bill into law, as the Republican majority in the state legislature wants him to; veto it; or send it to an ad hoc committee to be reworked.
He must decide by Friday, and until then, teachers are planning protests around the state. In Miami-Dade County schools, for example, a teacher “sickout” is expected on Monday. Teachers can’t legally strike in Florida, so, apparently, some are planning to call in sick en masse as a protest.
And protesters plan to show up at every public event Crist attends.
In Tavares on Saturday, as protesters shouted “veto veto,” a retired teacher collapsed in the heat. The governor rushed to his side, grabbed a sign that said, “Veto” and began to fan him, staying there until the man was taken to a hospital, according to dailycommercial.com.
Crist was applauded by people in the crowd who had just been yelling at him to veto the legislation, known as Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189, which would require:
*School systems to evaluate and pay teachers primarily on the basis of student test scores. (Testing experts say this is unfair and unworkable.)
*School systems to ignore a teacher’s experience, advanced degrees or professional credentials in any evaluation or pay.
*School systems to put newly hired teachers on probation for five years and then give them annual contracts for the rest of their careers.
*The creation of more standardized tests for students, to cover subjects not already assessed.
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| April 12, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
Tags: Florida, Florida teacher pay, Florida teacher tenure, Florida teachers, teacher pay, teacher tenure bill, teachers
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