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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Florida ranked as one of the worst states for teachers

Who would have thought if you strip teachers of work protections, make it harder to become a teacher, force them to give up creativity and flexibility and teach to a test, tie their evaluations, pay and employment to a complicated math formula designed to measure the reproductive rates in live stock, blame them for many of the ills of society, giving them all the responsibility without any autonomy, while paying them less than a decade ago and severely limiting their earning capacity,  fewer and fewer people would want to become teachers or make teaching a career. Well it seems the state of Florida, that's who.

For the past 20 years though it's been on steroids for the last 8, Tallahassee has done all it can to injure the teaching profession and a recent study confirmed the most obvious thing in the world and that's Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for teachers.

From the Florida Phoenix,

An analysis released Monday ranks the Sunshine State 47 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on school-related data, according to the personal finance web site WalletHub.
Florida’s overall score stems from myriad factors, including annual salaries, teacher turnover, pupil-teacher ratios and per-pupil spending, according to the study.
“Teaching can be a profoundly rewarding career, considering the critical role educators play in shaping young minds. But many teachers find themselves overworked and underpaid,” the analysis states.
Florida’s overall score took a nose dive for the most part because it fared worse – 46th — in the category of average salary for teachers, adjusted by cost of living, according to the WalletHub data.
Federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics puts Florida’s average teacher salary at about $49,400 in 2016-17.  That’s about $10,000 short of the national average of $58,950.
Here is a link to the study,
Friends, i don't think the teaching profession here in Florida can take much more before it collapses, i really don't. the state started 4,000 in the hole this year and these things have a way of picking up momentum.
This is what Rick Scott has created and Ron DeSantis would perpetuate if elected. their war on public education should not be rewarded. 
There is an election this fall and it's pivotal we vote for Andrew Gillum, the pro education and teacher candidate but it can't stop there as he will be powerless if he has a republican house and senate. If we want to see real change and progress, we have to vote them all out. The future of public education and the teaching profession here in Florida are on the line.


  1. The profession will not collapse. Indeed, has it anywhere in the US? Depending on how you define it, you might consider Michigan, Oklahoma as places where the profession is in dire straits, Collapse? Not here. Too many quality teachers willing to deal with it to keep the profession going.

    1. I don't know what you have been drinking, but you are dreaming if you think the so-called quality teachers are willing to put up with the madness. We can't even hire enough math teachers in the state, and there are other shortages too! So, where do you think the work goes? It goes to the remaining teachers and the sucker subs that come to the school to try and help out. Yes, I called them suckers because they too are under paid. Also, let's not even talk about how much it cost to become a teacher and maintain that certification. Pearson was green lighted to rob teachers of the their meager pay to pay for all of those teacher-based, over priced, certification exams. Pearson knew it was going to have a cash cow when it made teacher exams harder to pass with some teachers taking the exams four and five times. Maybe we should all apply for jobs with Pearson!

  2. The methodology they used accessed the study from the Fordham Institute on the most and least effective unions. FL ranked 50th. So it's not just DTU that sucks but FEA too. All they do is take money from already underpaid teachers.

    1. It used to be a time when you would see Terri Brady on television, but I haven't seen her anywhere it counts. She is less visible and it is reflective of the state we are in now. The last time she negotiated a contract, the only thing she seemed to care about was better salaries for the new teachers and the veterans got the shaft. Now we are left with a pay structure that allows new teachers to earn more pay than people who have been working for 15 or more years. All you have to do is get the starting pay, rate highly effective, submit that amazing SAT score you just got, sign up as a coach, and like magic, you are in the money.