What passes for the best and brightest in Tallahassee.

This is what passes for the best and brightest in
Tallahassee.
The Florida house is proposing giving tens of millions of
dollars to a few thousand teachers in a program called the best and brightest bonuses.
Teachers that scored in the top twenty percent of their SAT scores and achieved
highly effective evaluations are eligible.
There are a few problems there. First there is no
relationship between how well someone does on the SAT and how well someone
teaches. It disqualifies teachers who went through community colleges or the
military who didn’t take the SAT and older veteran teachers who started
teaching before the SAT was used to get into college.
Evaluations also aren’t uniform, what might be highly
effective in one district might be effective in another and vice versa. Then
finally teachers have overwhelmingly come out against it. That’s right Florida’s
teachers some of the lowest paid and most put upon in the nation have said no thanks.
However true to form the Florida legislature had ignored the states teachers
and pushed it forward.
Instead of giving a few teachers a few thousand more why
doesn’t the legislature use this money to help districts with the class size
amendment, to bring back the arts and trades to our schools or to put in social
workers, mental health counselors and guidance counselors in our schools
because quite often why a student acts up or does poorly n school has nothing
to do with school.
This is a vanity bill that a few state legislators are
pushing despite the face that there is no evidence backing it up, we have more
pressing needs and teachers have said no thanks.

It’s sad but true that when you talk about our best and
brightest you can’t talk about many of our politicians in Tallahassee, worst
and dimmest would be more appropriate.

3 Replies to “What passes for the best and brightest in Tallahassee.”

  1. And this is where I am torn; either I take the money (as I fulfill the requirements) or it goes to some first-year teacher with high SAT/ACT scores. If the government wants to make ridiculous decisions, then it is time for me to take advantage of it. I only get paid about 4000 more than a first year teacher, and I have a Masters with 10 years of teaching experience and great gains.

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