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Florida abuses teachers and can’t figure out why there’s a teacher shortage

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At the rate Florida is hemorrhaging classroom teachers, it soon won’t matter that we can’t hire school bus drivers for $11.88 an hour, because there won’t be any classrooms worth taking the kids to. Every week brings fresh reporting about Florida’s teacher shortage; none of it is a surprise to parents or policymakers who have been paying even the slightest bit of attention. The teaching talent pool began to shrink in the mid-20th century as women’s professional options expanded into…

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Florida’s top teachers found at affluent schools

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New bonus payments aimed at attracting and keeping good teachers in Florida have gone disproportionately to those who work with students from affluent families, an analysis by a Florida newspaper has found. Teachers who received bonuses under the $44 million “best and brightest” teacher scholarship program started last year were more than twice as likely to work with students from affluent families than with students living in poverty, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday. The report highlights how the bonuses have…

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Today on Context Florida: Teacher bonuses, Irish Troubles, TaxWatch recommendations and Kick Butts Day

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Today on Context Florida: In Florida, 68,000 teachers carry an evaluation that rates them as “highly effective.” They’re the best of the best. Yet Joanne McCall says only a small percentage of these top teachers qualified for bonuses this year under Florida’s Best and Brightest bonus scheme. But 820 first-year teachers – on the job for only a few months without ever receiving a performance evaluation — each received nearly $8,500 in bonuses. McCall is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to…

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Four Sarasota-based challenges could reform Florida teacher bonus program

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Four challenges launched in Sarasota could have statewide implications on the controversial “Best & Brightest” teacher bonus program. The cases could change the way the program evaluates who gets a bonus and expand the pool of teachers eligible. The challenges are especially relevant this week as lawmakers Monday night included $49 million as an add-on item to its budget. That’s $5 million more than was funded last year and $4 million more than was asked for by the Florida House.…

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Republican Peter Nehr endorsed by Pinellas’ teachers

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Republican state Rep. Peter Nehr has scored a major endorsement coup in his re-election campaign for House District 48, earning the endorsements of the Florida Education Association and the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.  The endorsement letter is clear why the teachers are backing Nehr over Democrat Tom McKone, who now has to wonder where he can find support for his campaign: This endorsement is in recognition of your steadfastness in opposing Senate Bill 6, which failed to consider the views…

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Republican Peter Nehr endorsed by Pinellas’ teachers

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Republican state Rep. Peter Nehr has scored a major endorsement coup in his re-election campaign for House District 48, earning the endorsements of the Florida Education Association and the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.  The endorsement letter is clear why the teachers are backing Nehr over Democrat Tom McKone, who now has to wonder where he can find support for his campaign: This endorsement is in recognition of your steadfastness in opposing Senate Bill 6, which failed to consider the views…

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As Independent, Charlie Crist shows Democratic look

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It’s a pretty good checklist for a Democratic candidate trying to shore up his base as he heads to the fall elections: Standing up for gay members of the military services. Opposing more restrictions on abortions. Calling for a ban on oil drilling off Florida’s shores. Rejecting a bill that would have eliminated tenure for school teachers. Appealing to AFL-CIO members for their union’s endorsement. Yet, these are the recent moves of Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is…

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