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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:44 PM

FL Senate head: Public school teachers not to be paid, treated, or evaluated like charter teachers.

If you can read this statement by Florida's Senate President Don Gaetz and not be alarmed, then the anti-public school propagandists have done their job too well.

It looks like the state will pass the new law that is far more charter school friendly, and thus public schools will be deprived of even more resources.

Gaetz's statement that if a teacher chooses to work in a traditional public school, they should not expect to be treated the same as a charter school teacher.....appalling. Right out in the open.

Teachers shouldn't expect even playing field

Gaetz is a former public school superintendent and school board chairman in Okaloosa County. I guess he has done a complete about face as charter companies have moved into Florida.

Just as parents have a choice about where to send their kids to school, he said teachers should also have a choice about where to work.

“If you think you’d rather work in a charter school so that you’re not necessarily under the thumb of the district or of a union, I think you ought to have a chance to apply to a charter school and get selected,” Gaetz said.

He says teachers who feel more comfortable in a traditional school environment should be able to work there, too.

“But you’re not going to get paid the same, you’re not going to get treated the same, you’re not going to get evaluated the same,” Gaetz said



Maybe Gaetz should be reminded of how teachers are often treated in Florida charter schools by the management teams who run them.

FL failed charter school spent 366,000 on teachers 824,000 on principal

This charter school was closed for failure and financial fraud. It doesn't look to me like they respected and treated their teachers very well.

The principal in question not only received a $519,000 severance check, but she took home her $305,000 annual salary for a grand total of $824,000 during the 2010-2011 school year. The Orlando Sentinel also reported last week the school only spent $366,000 on teacher salaries and instruction during that school year. Nothing can justify that imbalance, especially for the leader of a charter that failed.


Senate leader Don Gaetz is listed as one of Jeb Bush's star reformers at the Foundation for Excellence website

Crossposted at Daily Kos

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madfloridian Feb 2013 OP
msongs Feb 2013 #1
forestpath Feb 2013 #7
madfloridian Feb 2013 #8
MichiganVote Feb 2013 #2
madfloridian Feb 2013 #14
MichiganVote Feb 2013 #15
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #3
madfloridian Feb 2013 #5
theaocp Feb 2013 #4
madfloridian Feb 2013 #11
madfloridian Feb 2013 #6
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #9
madfloridian Feb 2013 #10
madfloridian Feb 2013 #12
madfloridian Feb 2013 #13
hay rick Feb 2013 #16

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:51 PM

1. if only dems supported public schools this would be a great issue for them nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:04 PM

7. +1

 

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:28 PM

8. You're right. But last 4 years have shown they don't.

It would have been a great issue.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:51 PM

2. The CEO drones in Michigan are lobbying for this too incl. no standardized testing

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:33 PM

14. Your governor is one of the biggest reformers around.

His moves are so fast it's hard to keep up.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:11 AM

15. These charter school moves are actually not Snyder's. They come from businessmen like DeVos,

Koch bros., the whole ALEC scheme. Having said that, Snyder will sign anything into policy that these bozo's want him to.

Michigan needs change. We get that. But that whole RTW fiasco REALLY turned off voters. That and the fact that they have raised our taxes significantly--not for the wealthy of course.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:52 PM

3. I quit

We were telling every young person we knew to NOT get an Education Degree. We convinced one young woman to pursue a Veterinary Degree instead of in Education.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:34 PM

5. Not a good field to enter now.

No more career teachers. Mostly teachers that please the reformers with their attitudes.

The contempt toward public school teachers is really taking huge toll in just 4 years of bipartisanship.

Heartbreaking.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:13 PM

4. kick. n/t

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Response to theaocp (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:18 AM

11. Thanks for the kick.

Education stuff drops pretty quickly here.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:57 PM

6. "under the thumb of the district or of a union"

That is how they think of public schools and unions and teachers. It is their mindset.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:05 PM

9. k&r

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:34 PM

10. Thanks.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:39 AM

12. It's been so easy to do such harm to public education.

They hardly had to work at it at all.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:38 PM

13. A last kick for Florida's opinion of public school teachers.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:28 PM

16. K&R

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