The Foundation for Florida’s Future today unveiled a television commercial to emphasize the benefits of Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189 for students who are facing tremendous obstacles. The television commercial begins airing in Tallahassee tomorrow.
“Florida needs to make sure every student is learning,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “This bill rewards teachers who have the toughest teaching jobs and make great progress with their students.”
The bill requires higher salaries for teachers:
•who work in high-poverty schools,
•who teach a subject area with a shortage of educators, such as teaching students with disabilities, or subjects such as math and science, and
•whose students make progress.
“We’ve made great strides to close the achievement gap, but this bill will accelerate our success so more minority and low-income students are prepared to succeed in college and the workforce,” said Levesque. “This bill will attract the best and brightest teachers to our neediest students so we can end the disparity that is far too prevalent in our high-poverty schools.”
The national not-for-profit The Education Trust found students in high-poverty schools were more likely to have a teacher who was temporarily certified or not certified in the subject area of the course they were teaching. According to their 2009 report (NAME), nearly twice as many teachers in high poverty schools are teaching out-of-field, compared to low-poverty schools, 27% to 14%.
Script: “Florida’s neediest students – the poor, the disabled, those living in broken homes with broken spirits – deserve an education that gives them hope for a better life. And the teachers who overcome these incredible challenges deserve to be rewarded with higher salaries. We can finally pay more to teachers who care about every child learning and make sure our most vulnerable children are not abandoned. Please don’t abandon these children. Tell lawmakers to vote yes on Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189.”