Last Fall teacher after teacher said they were lacking books. Terrie Brady has a different point of view. From the Times Union: Added Terrie Brady, president of the Duval Teachers United union, there are no widespread shortages, but there may be certain items on back order that can affect a school or a grade level.
About this time last year, book shortages and late deliveries affected many more Duval schools, with some still waiting for textbooks in October, she said.
“This year it’s 100 percent better,” Brady said.
Friends I heard about a lack of books all year long. Then she blamed the state for Duval’s poor salaries this past December.
Also from the Times Union: Teacher salaries in Duval are close to some Florida districts but they are largely a function of district revenues, said Terrie Brady, president of the Duval Teachers United, the union which represents teachers. District enrollments have declined over time, she said, along with per-student revenues from the state.
She is right the state has been terrible but the thing is other districts have had to endure the states shameful behavior and still managed to pay their teachers more than Duval has, in some cases a lot more.
Then in February the Superintendent said DTU under Terrie’s leadership is the most accommodating union in the nation.
At yesterday’s One on One community activist conference Superintendent Vitti gushed about Duval Teachers United, he said they were the most accommodating union in the nation. He then implied that unions may be problems elsewhere but not here siting that since he has arrived there have been 36 or 37 memorandum’s of understanding, that is alterations to the contract. What we got for those alterations is unclear to me. Teacher morale is worse than ever, communication with the district is abysmal, discipline remains a huge problem and most teachers I know feel overwhelmed.
Then today she alluded that teachers were retiring at higher than usual rates because they were baby boomers.
At least 3,482 of Duval’s more than 8,000 teachers have less than five years’ experience, said Terrie Brady, Duval Teachers United president. She said she is encouraged by the district’s hiring progress but Duval is suffering, like most other districts, from Baby Boomers reaching retirement.
Duval helped that along this year by adding financial incentives to encourage early retirement. Early retirements are up from 78 last year to 169 so far this year, Vitti said, and more are expected.
I can think of several other reasons that teachers might be retiring early and they all have to do with the direction that Vitti is taking the district, a direction as we can see the union has been very accommodating in heading.
It’s no secret that I did not like the new contract, I thought it was a great deal for rookies but a terrible one for veteran and did little to address non pay issues, which contrary to popular believe drive more people out of the profession than low salaries do.
Teacher morale is worse than ever, communication with the district is abysmal, discipline remains a huge problem, most teachers I know feel overwhelmed and to be honest it is getting harder and harder for me to tell where the district ends and the union begins.
I suddenly feel very alone.