Pinellas Teachers react to bills in Florida Legislature

03/24/10 Seán Kinane
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Supporters of school vouchers, including Governor Charlie Crist, rallied outside the state Capitol today. Inside, a bill to expand a private school voucher program passed the Senate 27 to 11.

The vote was closer on another education bill. This one would set new standards for public school teachers and affect pay, tenure, and retention. It passed 21 to 17 because even some Republicans opposed it.

Kim Black is president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. They’re organizing a virtual rally tomorrow to encourage legislators to make schools a priority. Teachers will wear red.

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Speech Therapist

I am against PCB 10-02. We need solutions to our education problems that are fair to teachers.

Slow learners in Tally

You know the saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, legislate!" It is beyond reason that teachers have suddenly become the whipping post for the state. Test scores are up, and that's still not good enough. These idiots do not understand that there are things beyond a teacher's control. Anyone familiar with, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink?" The teachers that I know are busting their butts to educate children, no matter what the circumstances. The thanks that they get: SB6. Go ahead legislators. Admit that you want to save money, and you've found a convenient way to do it. Admit that you want to take the attention off the horrible job that you're doing in Tallahassee. Admit that you work for Jeb Bush. Admitting your problems is the first step. Oh, and by the way...who taught you to read?

Speech Language Pathologist

I am against PCB 10-02.


As a teacher, I am saddened to know that our elected officials have little if any respect for teachers.I teach kindergarten in a s school with a high percenage of those on free lunch. We buy many classroom supplies ourselves. Iwould be nice to receive a little credit.