Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing


After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education.

First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders”

*Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it should be all about kids. Union dues enable them to have thousands of people working against making America more competitive.

*Mandates in the classroom continue to increase costs in an education system where too much goes into bureaucracy and not enough goes to good teachers and into the classroom.

And these legislative goals:

*Pass parent empowerment legislation that lets a majority of parents attending failing schools select USDOE school turnaround options.

*Allow parents to request different options when their child is assigned a perpetually underperforming teacher

*Pay additional compensation to higher performing teachers to attract and retain great teachers.

*Provide employment options and legal representations for teachers who don’t want to join a union with Teacher Protection Legislation

*Maintain high standards in education assessment by resisting politically-backed efforts to roll back assessments of teachers and student learning gains

As no bill has been filed as of yet which addresses this wish list, it will be interesting to see what happens in the near future. There’s doesn’t seem to be any coordination with Jeb  Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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