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FEA warns teachers about Chamber poll on SB6

The Florida Education Association is doing everything possible to stop Senate Bill 6, a measure that would make it easier to fire teachers and base part of their salaries on test scores.

And now it appears they are combating the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which is polling thousands of teachers statewide on the issue. It's clear that some of the questions are leading, and far from scientific, but what's more interesting is the extent to which the FEA is trying to slant the survey. They want teachers to answer certain questions but not others. Read the "action alert" below.

From the FEA Web site (click "Chamber of Commerce survey"):

The Florida Chamber of Commerce, a vocal supporter of the bill, has sent a 'survey' to teachers around the state.  This survey was designed to force a response that will be supportive of SB 6/HB 7189.  We know how these folks operate, and you can be sure they will hold up stacks of survey results to show how the teachers of this state support SB 6 and HB 7189.

If you are interested in completing this survey, please take a moment to go to go to the bottom to submit your comments and thoughts by responding to Question # 8 in the comment area. As you can see, we suggest that you do not answer the following questions:

3. Do you think all teachers with the same number of years in the profession should be paid the same?

4. Would you support annual pay raises for Florida teachers whose students demonstrate learning gains during the year?

5. Would you support annual pay raises for Florida teachers whose students do not demonstrate learning gains during the year?"

These questions are designed to force a "yes" response. This creates a "no win" situation for teachers and ESPs!!

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Jay Free

This survey is awful. For example, question #4 is: Would you support annual pay raises for Florida teachers whose students demonstrate learning gains during the year?

Let's say you respond "no." It sounds like you don't support teachers whose work is responsible for learning gains, when what you actually believe is that each case must be evaluated based on a multitude of factors. This belief also doesn't fit neatly into the "undecided" response.

Suppose you are a new teacher of Spanish 2 and most of the students in your class took Spanish 1 from an excellent teacher. Are you on a level playing field with the new teacher of Spanish 2 whose students, by and large, took Spanish 1 from a lousy teacher? What about the math teacher whose class is largely composed of students who have demonstrated (prior to coming to the math class) that they are performers and non-disciplinary cases. Is that math teacher on a level playing field with a math teacher whose class is largely composed of students who have demonstrated (prior to coming to the math class) that they are non-achievers and disciplinary cases?

The Chamber of Commerce should be ashamed of itself.

Jay Free

Here's a thought, FEA and teachers: Boycott the following businesses, firms, corporations, and institutions whose employee or officer sits on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce: The Haskell Company; GAC Contractors Inc.; Alico, Inc.; HCA-Hospital Corp. of America; Holland & Knight; O'Sullivan & Creel; Fisher & Phillips; Walt Disney World; Rooney Holdings, Inc.; AT&T Florida; Regions Bank; FPIC Insurance Group; Progress Energy Florida; A. Duda and Sons, Inc.; AutoNation, Inc.; Santa Fe Health Care; Godet Industries, Inc.; Wal-Mart; CSX Corporation; Ryder System, Inc.; Wachovia Bank; Blue Cross and Blue Shield; OSI Restaurant Partners; Enterprise Technology Partners,LLC; Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Florida Hospital; Reynolds, Smith
and Hills, Inc.; Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.; Jennings & Sons; Florida Southern College; Beall's, Inc.; SunTrust Bank; REL Enterprises, Inc.; GrayRobinson, P.A.; Flagler Real Estate Services, Inc.; Greenways of America; General Electric; Hope Healthcare; Plum Creek; TECO Energy; WilsonMiller; State Farm; Rummell Company, LLC; Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg; WRS Compass; Harris Corporation; Barron Collier Companies; Metal Essence, Inc.; Gulf Power Company; Florida Power & Light; The Boeing Company; Knob Hill Group; and The PBSJ Corporation.

Cheri Dennen

The "chamber of commerce" is a name chosen by a group of right wing conservatives to look like "The chamber of commerce of Florida". They are a seperate group entirely. Just one more example of smarmy politcs for you!

Elizabeth

I guess these companies think their bottom line will be okay, with the teachers of Florida working only for half of their normal paychecks. But the way I see it, if we only get half our money, I most certainly won't be spending what little I have at any of these businesses. And if this is true for me, then perhaps this might also be true for the rest of the teachers in Florida.
People spending half their money, equals businesses with half their profits!

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