Tag Archives: Education

Why VAM is Even More of a Scam than I First Thought

As someone who is not comfortable living life on my knees with duct tape over my mouth (you may have figured this out by now if you have been reading this blog for any length of time), I am not comfortable working on an annual contract.  Teachers must be able to voice their concerns about administrative decisions that harm students without fear of losing their jobs. Eliminate continuing contracts and a culture of complacency, sycophants and fear will rule the schools.  Senate Bills passed in state after Race to the Top state have included VAMs as a major portion of teacher evaluations all in the name of “Student Success” and “Educational Excellence” when in reality they have been immaculately designed to end the teaching profession as we know it and free state and districts from career teachers with pension aspirations. Some may brush me off as your typical history teacher conspiracy nut, but my daddy didn’t raise no sucker. VAM is a scam.

via Why VAM is Even More of a Scam than I First Thought.


3 Reasons Teachers Hate Rick Scott

His ridiculous merit pay plan – an unfunded mandate signed at a charter school no less

via 3 Reasons Teachers Hate Rick Scott.

Scott’s not sweating the “pension tax” lawsuit

A total of  556,296 public workers, including teachers, is suing the state of Florida saying that the new required pension contribution without a pay raise is really a pay cut for hundreds of thousands of state, county and city employees. Florida educators are suing the state on behalf of all public employees in the state retirement system. In filing suit, FEA President Andy Ford said the contribution requirement is “essentially an income tax levied only on workers belonging to the Florida Retirement System.”

via Scott’s not sweating the “pension tax” lawsuit.

FEA suing state over pay cuts to for pension contribution

FEA suing state over pay cuts to for pension contribution.