Polk Perspective: Good start, guv, but we need more

By Stephanie Yocum | Opinion| Lakeland Ledger| October 17, 2019 Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced a $600 million proposal to increase the minimum teacher salary to $47,500. While I am encouraged the conversation surrounding teacher compensation has shifted from bogus bonus schemes to meaningful salary movement, I am concerned this announcement has generated questions and…

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Speak Up: FL Standards Listening Tour

  On October 1, 2019 the Florida Department of Education announced a “listening tour” to gather public comment on 346 pages of the second draft of the new Florida Standards written to replace Common Core. Please note that the state is granting 1 hour per meeting at locations that cannot be considered convenient to major…

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Impact: 2019 FL Legislature & Public Education

It’s hard to describe the outcome of the 2019 Florida Legislative session without recognizing that the impact two decades of GOP dominance has left voters with zero hope of political balance regarding policy, judicial appointments and the power of a gubernatorial veto. Witness the swift passage and signing into law of SB 7030/Arming teachers, following…

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FL Teachers – In their own words

This blog is publishing some real talk from teachers. It’s essential that we gain first person insight about what it means to find the grace to be present for students while coping with economic sabotage and the stifling loss of classroom autonomy. For obvious reasons, these Florida teachers must remain anonymous. Salary too low to…

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Corcoran & the Board of Ed owe us some answers

  The Florida Board of Education and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran are holding their regular meeting in Polk County on July 17, 2019 at Polk State College in Lakeland. Citizens have plan to protest the Florida Board of Education and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran – who are all appointed – for not making…

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Duval: Chris Guerrieri exposes charter plot to kill referendum to fix crumbling district schools

Pay close attention. What’s happening in Duval could happen across the state. Every public-school district in Florida has the right to levy new taxes through a ballot referendum. Voters decide whether they want to invest extra money in their public schools at the local level. Despite overwhelming public support, political operatives such as Gary Chartrand, Jeb ally…

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