I began teaching in Florida 19 years ago. I was told by the then Superintendent "you're not going to get rich, but there is a good retirement and decent benefits to help out"...something passed along to ALL new teachers in that time frame.
Things have changed.
Nowadays, new teachers are told: you can be released in the first year for any reason; you'll never have any job security with your annual contract; any raises will be tied to your performance on an onerous evaluation that takes into account...
the performance of students you may not even see in class; your job will be "managed" by administrators who are afraid for their jobs and make decisions based on the "performance" of students who are tested more than 70 days in the school year (secondary level)
because you can't (although you, sort of, can) get rid of any testing, because your life is based on it...and at the secondary level, the importance of jamming kids into Advanced Placement courses and industry certification courses is paramount because they
"help" the graduation rate, which is a huge factor in a school/district's grade...so the game is played and ESE students are taking AP Algebra I because it's "butts in seats" that matters, not the ability to learn and succeed...which is fostered by
filled with elected officials on the payroll (either through political donations; family working for/founding/owning; or simply working for) of charter companies...including the following: stripping teachers of almost all basic job protections
directly tying job performance to a test that is not reliable or valid (two very important aspects of any normed reference test); ignoring the will of voters and disregarding class size amendment; setting "record" funding at levels comparable a decade ago
(yes, current funding levels may be "record" levels, but when you cut 3 BILLION dollars from the education budget, there's no real place to go but up...and our funding is comparable to 2007 levels...yes, it's 2019 and Florida is funding education like it's 2007
and all this was designed to push a "choice" agenda...and let's take a moment to see what that "choice" has brought Florida: in the last 5 years, 400+ charter schools have closed their doors...sending those students back to public schools and keeping the money
and that's just the closure rate reported by the DOE...doesn't include the out right scandals and theft of public dollars...
and that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg
Charter Schools promote racism, stereotyping of ESE (students with special needs), council students who can't make it to "leave", outright refusal to provide service to ALL students...simply put:
Charter Schools pick and choose their students for maximum profit...and that is what they care about: PROFIT. The Bottom Line is crucial to that business model, and when the profit margin shrinks to an unacceptable level, they close, like a business.
Public Schools in Florida and across the country provide a quality education with certified teachers to every student that comes through the doors, no matter what. We do that with shrinking budgets and no support for anything other than systemic child abuse