Thursday, March 28, 2013

How Florida killed the teaching profession

Today when speaking about the proposed changes to the Florida Pension Fund, long considered one of the best in the nation and not currently needing any changes Vice President of the FEA Joanne McCall pointed out the changes to the teaching profession that Florida has made over the last few years.

"Because of the actions of our political leaders, teachers have no expectation of continuing employment, no due process and a performance-based pay system that is not funded and based on bad or irrelevant data. Now they want changes to the pension system that guarantee retirement insecurity. These proposals make it more difficult to recruit and retain high-quality teachers."

She could have added how Florida’s teachers were some of the poorest paid in the nation too.

So before you complain about the state of education in Florida, consider what teachers have to deal with (and not just from their students or in their classrooms) first.

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