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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
1,082 DCPS teachers just found out they don't matter.
Reading coaches, math coaches, guidance counselors, media specialist, psychologists, social workers, ESE lead teachers and site coaches and deans among others were told by the state of Florida they don't matter as much as other teachers as they were excluded from this years best and brightest stipend. Every republican member of the Duval delegation voted to exclude these hard working men and women and it is deplorable. Also if you were hoping the district could make up the slack, well friends that is hard to do when the state only gave the district and extra 47 cents per student. From News4Jax
More than 900 Duval County school district employees expecting a bonus in their latest paychecks were disappointed this week.
During the 2017 session, the Florida Legislature narrowed the list of who was eligible for the state's “Best and Brightest” program, and employees who don't teach in a classroom didn't make the cut.
“They are very upset and disappointed, just like we are,” said Terrie Brady, president of the Duval Teachers Union. “It’s terrible that the Legislature randomly goes in and they determine who are and are not instructional people. But yet they are out there doing the work every day, looking to support and teaching students.”That means guidance counselors, specialists, instructional coaches, standards coaches, media specialists, social workers and psychologists were left out.
Paychecks that went out Thursday included the “Best and Brightest” bonuses for those deemed eligible.
Those who got the bonuses, which ranged from $800 to $1,200, were defined by the state as anyone instructing in a classroom, including exceptional student education, career education and adult education.
But some employees who had previously been eligible for the bonuses -- and who would have qualified again after being rated either highly effective ($1,200) or effective ($800) -- found out only Thursday that they would not be getting one.
We cannot continue to vote for most republicans in Florida and pretend we care about public education. We just can't. In November we must vote for legislators who care about and want to improve public education, that is if we want to continue to have public education.