Florida routinely ranks near the bottom on education investment and their systematic, criminal neglect of education had led to a teacher shortage crisis. DeSantis acknowledged that last week, so I guess that’s something but unfortunately he made a laughable attempt to address it.
From the Tallahassee Democrat,
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday his intention to lean on the Florida Legislature to bump the starting minimum teacher’s salary to $47,500. Currently, the starting state salary is $37,636, according to the National Education Association.
The announcement comes with more questions than answers, Leon Classroom Teachers Association President Scott Mazur said.
His proposal left out 76 thousand veteran teachers and proposed paying first year teachers as much as 16 or 17th year teachers.
Yet to give the devil his due DeSantis at least acknowledged the problem even if he didn’t make a serious attempt to address it.
Then later in the week they announced a listening tour because they want to change Florida’s standards, the fifth time they will have done so since they took over Tallahassee.
From the Sunshine State News,
The thing is Florida’s teachers aren’t calling for a replacement, they are calling for a tweaking.
From the Orlando Sentinel,
WINTER SPRINGS — Florida’s Common Core academic standards are demanding but also are helping students make gains while the state’s proposed replacements are weaker, vaguer and represent a “step backwards” for public education, educators told state leaders at a “Florida Standards Listening Tour” event.
More than a dozen teachers and administrators, most from Seminole County but a few from neighboring Orange and Volusia counties, on Tuesday evening urged the state not to make significant changes to Florida’s current language arts and math benchmarks or to adopt the less-demanding replacements the state has drafted.
“This lowering of expectations will lead to gaps in our students’ learning,” said Pamela Ferrante, a literacy specialist for the Seminole school district. “These changes are a step backwards.”
Other speakers at the Florida Department of Education event, held at Seminole’s Winter Springs High School, agreed.
It’s unknown if Corcoran will listen to the states teachers but if past is prologue we can be assured of one thing, it’s he will do whatever will make his donors the most money.
Republicans have failed time and time again, even with choice where nearly 600 charter schools have taken public money and failed and voucher schools that have no accountability and can teach junk classes by people without degrees.
They have criminally underfunded public ed, created a teacher shortage and changed standards more often than the country changes presidents but still they are in charge. Welcome to Floriduh, where one political party has failed up.