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  •  Way to go Florida teachers! (26+ / 0-)

    Great job in standing up to draconian anti-teacher policies.

    I do believe it is important to note, however, that if Florida (or any other state) is to be awarded Race to the Top funds in the future your teachers will have to agree to the following, among others, as it stands now:

    Revising teacher evaluation, compensation, and retention policies

    ...expanding support for high-performing public charter schools...

    White House. gov

    It's also important to note that Secretary Duncan's plan does include the suggestion that teachers not be compensated for advanced degrees, and the turn-around models for the bottom 5% schools in each state are anti-teacher, student and pro-privatization as well.

    So we're not out of the woods yet on a national level by any means.  My sincere hope, however, is that the efforts by parents, students, community members and teachers in Florida, Rhode Island and elsewhere will give pause to our Democratic Congress and administration to back off the anti-teacher/struggling students/privatization elements of the reform bill.

    Good job Florida.  We're all so very proud of you!

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by nandssmith on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 10:58:50 PM PDT

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    •  Good points, I was just reading (5+ / 0-)

      about a different state (Maryland) who found the "Race for the Top" provisions to be overly onerous - and for very different reasons than cited by the nutcase Florida Republicans.

      In many ways, the whole program seems like a redux of NCLB - there is way too much federal control injected into the system.   Plus the whole idea of there being a few "winning" states is troubling indeed while everyone else is left behind (I suppose that provision might be have deliberately put in to distinguish the whole endeavor from NCLB . . . .)

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