Teachers as a return on investment.
Regardless of our rank in the Quality Counts School rankings it has always said two things our teachers do a good job and Florida invests poorly in our schools.
That is apparently okay with Education Commissioner Pam Stewart who said: “As a result of Florida’s hard-working teachers, Florida students are once again being recognized for their outstanding performance, Today’s news is evidence that the state’s focus on student achievement is working and Florida has a good return on its investment in education.”
Well what about teachers return on investment? What about all the teachers who have to get second jobs or have crippling student debt? What about all the hundreds and hundreds of unpaid hours teachers work too? I would say Florida teachers who are some of the worst paid in the nation are not getting a very good return in what they have invested in their education or how they spend their time.
I have been teaching for 14 years now and I am fifteen thousand dollars below the national average. Florida’s teachers are also some of the most put upon teachers in the nation too. New teachers don’t have work protections, they can be let go at the end of the year for any reason or none, they all took a three a percent pay, are subjected to a ridiculous evaluation formula, VAM, which the DOE says is inaccurate more than a third of the time and doesn’t factor in things like absenteeism and poverty and are stripped of creativity and innovation as they are forced to teach to the test.
But I guess none of that matters because Florida is getting a good return on their investment but you should ask yourself, if we leave things the way they currently are how long is that going to last.