More than 200 Alachua County school employees rallied Wednesday against bills being considered
by the Florida Legislature.
Broward teachers have been wearing black attire in a show of support and solidarity. Many have been dressed in black to protest the Legislature's passage last week of two education bills.
Read this Op-Ed by Broward President Pat Santeramo
Citrus High School Faculty members (Inverness, FL) are seeing RED about House Bill 7189 and Senate Bill 6 and are demanding that the legislators and governor Vote NO on both House Bill 7189 and Senate Bill 6.
At another location, about 150 people took part in a successful rally at SR 44 and US 19, a major intersection in Citrus, waving signs and stopping cars. Citrus members handed out Veto SB6 fliers with information on how to contact the Governor. The response was very positive. They got great coverage from our friends at the local Fox station.
The Columbia CTA held a rally in Lake City along U.S. 90 with about 200 people waving signs, passing out fliers with Veto SB 6, and having a great time! The participants received a lot of support from the community based on the thumbs up, horn honking, and positive comments made by folks stopping to encourage us. The CTA was also joined by some supporters from Hamilton, Suwannee and Levy county unions.
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Multiple demonstrations are being held across Jacksonville to bring attention to this legislation.
Teachers at A1A and Atlantic Blvd handed out hundred a cards and leaflets to stopped cars:
PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR CRIST
TELL HIM TO VETO
SENATE BILL 6/HOUSE BILL 7189
Escambia teachers joined their colleagues in Santa Rosa.They gathered at both ends of the Pensacola Bay bridge to protest the plan. Teachers waved at motorists and held signs stating, "We will remember in November" and "SB 6 is tyranny."
St. Petersburg Times - A weekend interview with Ron Meyer, lawyer for the Florida Education Association. (PDF version)
Sb6 opponents held an energetic rally with over 200 teachers and support staff in attendance, one school board member and their new school Superintendent.
Listen to what these parents have to say after reading the bills and watching the legislature in action.
They are not union members. They are parents who are concerned about the implication behind this bill.
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The following district superintendents have demonstrated public opposition to SB 6:
Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Desoto, Escambia, Lee, Leon, Okeechobee, Putnam, Pinellas
School boards opposing SB 6:
Charlotte, Desoto, Escambia, Lee, Nassau, Putnam
Hamilton members joined their sister unions in Lake City. About 200 people waved signs and passed out fliers with Veto SB 6. The participants received a lot of support from the community based on the thumbs up, horn honking, and positive comments made by folks who stopped to encourage teachers. The group was also joined by some supporters from Columbia, Suwanee, and Levy county unions.
Picketers waited for Crist as he made a scheduled appearance at an event in Tampa Friday.
“It’s not just teachers saying ‘No,’ said Beth Weatherstone, the president of the Indian River County Eduaction Association.
“It’s parents saying it. It’s students saying it. It’s just not a good bill.”
In Lake, members sent mass email messages to the Governor…
STUDENTS ARE MORE THAN TEST SCORES...TEACHERS ARE TOO!
“Please veto SB 6/HB 7189. Please listen to the teaching professionals who want realistic, affordable education redesign.Do not take away our certification if our students cannot demonstrate whatever learning gains will be dictated by Florida DOE.”
LULAC is concerned the legislation would hurt the gains made by English Language Learners and special-needs students, as well as the instructors who teach them. Read their Statement
Teachers, parents and students are part of a statewide movement to defeat Republican-led reform efforts.
Members in Levy joined their sister union in Columbia at a rally in Lake City. About 200 people waved signs, passed out fliers with Veto SB 6, and had a great time! The participants received a lot of support from the community based on the thumbs up, horn honking, and positive comments made by folks who stopped to encourage teachers. The group was also joined by some supporters from Hamilton and Suwanee county unions.
Members of the Leon Classroom Teachers Association hand delivered signed petitions and hundreds of VETO SB 6 postcards to Governor Crist as he attended a meeting of the Florida Cabinet.
The Governor left the meeting to accept the petitions and cards and spent about 30 minutes talking with the LCTA delegation.
Hundreds of teachers and parents lined the intersection of U.S. 1 and Port St. Lucie Boulevard, as well as that of Midway Road at U.S. 1 waving signs in protest against Senate Bill 6, which would relate teacher pay to student test scores.
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More than 1,000 Miami-Dade teachers protested outside seven local lawmakers’ offices. The largest crowd of about 300 assembled outside state Sen. Rudy Garcia’s office in Hialeah and demanded the bill be stopped.
At Hialeah High, hundreds of students walked out of class at lunchtime to protest the proposed legislation.
Frustrated teachers call for a veto.
Teachers from Pasco and other Bay area counties made a statement to Governor Crist, who was in town for attending a fundraiser.
Read more: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=128056&catid=8
Chanting “Gov. Crist pass teacher tenure bill you won’t pass November,” Pinellas teachers have been sending a veto message to Gov. Crist.
Teacher and parents are putting their Spring break to good use. Dozens gathered outside state Rep. KellyStargel's office to protest the proposed legislation. Armed with signs and wearing red shirts the group chanted, "Don't hurt teachers."
Read More: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x8049535
United in Winter Haven, teachers gain support from motorist.
Seminole PTA/SEA Rally - Parents are standing up and supporting teachers. The group caught public attention with a 6’ flashing sign, “VETO SB6” facing the streets and a large PTA banner. Lots of car and truck honks. This was our second Rally, the first one being at Lee Constantine’s office. The teachers took individual pictures holding their signs in front of his office on their cell phones and immediately emailed to Tallahassee. A six-foot petition was signed by all the teachers at the rally and delivered to Constantine’s office. The media interviewed Constantine about our event. He said if a test is good enough for a student, it should be good enough for a teacher. This was followed up with teachers gathering on the main road in front of the Altamonte Mall with sign waving. Seminole teachers are twittering, interviewing with the media, are on all the blogs, writing letters to the newspapers and legislators, have lobbied in Tallahassee, and participated in the Virtual Rally. They are holding emailing after-school parties everyday along with making their phone calls. This is “wear red” week, and Friday everyone is wearing black.
Principals, parents, and students from Marion and Sumter counties joined teachers at the Villages in Sumter county to catch Marco Rubio on his campaign bus tour. The Villages is considered a GOP stronghold. Remember, Rubio is running against Governor Crist for a U.S. Senate seat. FoxNew's conservative commentator, Sean Hannity was also there taping his show, and Rubio was his first interview. Every time the camera switched from Hannity to Rubio, members appeared in the background, just over Rubio’s left shoulder, holding up a sign. One read “I Teach, I Vote, Nix Six” and the other was the red stop sign with “Veto SB6.” When Rubio left the stage and went toward his bus to start the tour, they were right in front of him with the Nix SB-6 signs – Rubio never made eye contact with them.
Members in Suwannee joined their sister union in Columbia at a rally in Lake City. About 200 people waved signs, passed out fliers with Veto SB 6, and had a great time! The participants received a lot of support from the community based on the thumbs up, horn honking, and positive comments made by folks who stopped to encourage teachers. The group was also joined by some supporters from Hamilton and Levy county unions.
Angry Volusia teachers rail against merit-pay plan