Who would have thought if you strip teachers of work protections, make it harder to become a teacher, force them to give up creativity and flexibility and teach to a test, tie their evaluations, pay and employment to a complicated math formula designed to measure the reproductive rates in live stock, blame them for many of the ills of society, giving them all the responsibility without any autonomy, while paying them less than a decade ago and severely limiting their earning capacity, fewer and fewer people would want to become teachers or make teaching a career. Well it seems the state of Florida, that’s who.
For the past 20 years though it’s been on steroids for the last 8, Tallahassee has done all it can to injure the teaching profession and a recent study confirmed the most obvious thing in the world and that’s Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for teachers.
From the Florida Phoenix,
An analysis released Monday ranks the Sunshine State 47 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on school-related data, according to the personal finance web site WalletHub.
Florida’s overall score stems from myriad factors, including annual salaries, teacher turnover, pupil-teacher ratios and per-pupil spending, according to the study
“Teaching can be a profoundly rewarding career, considering the critical role educators play in shaping young minds. But many teachers find themselves overworked and underpaid,” the analysis states.
Florida’s overall score took a nose dive for the most part because it fared worse – 46th — in the category of average salary for teachers, adjusted by cost of living, according to the WalletHub data.
Federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics puts Florida’s average teacher salary at about $49,400 in 2016-17. That’s about $10,000 short of the national average of $58,950.
Here is a link to the study,
Friends, i don’t think the teaching profession here in Florida can take much more before it collapses, i really don’t. the state started 4,000 in the hole this year and these things have a way of picking up momentum.
This is what Rick Scott has created and Ron DeSantis would perpetuate if elected. their war on public education should not be rewarded.
There is an election this fall and it’s pivotal we vote for Andrew Gillum, the pro education and teacher candidate but it can’t stop there as he will be powerless if he has a republican house and senate. If we want to see real change and progress, we have to vote them all out. The future of public education and the teaching profession here in Florida are on the line.