Friday, November 24, 2017
Shocking news in last week's Sun-Sentinel:
Almost three months into the school year, thousands of public school students in South Florida still don't have a permanent teacher -- a problem expected to get worse as more educators flee the classroom and the number of those seeking teaching degrees plummets.
Here are some of the things they've done, in no particular order:
* They have tried to make it possible for parents to stamp out the teaching of science.
* They have given charters the unchecked ability to steal local tax dollars.
* They have made an absolute disastrous amateur-hour hash out of their Big Standardized Test.
* They have made successful students repeat third grade for failing to love the BST.
* They have declared ― in court ― that teacher-prepared report cards are meaningless.
* They have demonstrated how badly teacher merit pay can fail.
* They made a dying child take the Big Standardized Test.
* They turned recess into a political football.
* They based a strategic plan based on bad retail management.
* They abolished tenure and fired teachers for advocating for students.
* They've allowed racist underfunding of schools to flourish.
* They have provided ample proof that an A-F school rating system doesn't work.
* They host experiments in computerized avatar classrooms.
* They have charter legislation hustled through the capital by lawmakers who profit from it.
* They allow more charter misbehavior than you can shake a stick at.
* They have created a charter money grab law so onerous and obnoxious they have actually moved public schools to sue the state government.
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