Miami-Dade Teachers Take To The Streets To Denounce Merit Pay

WEST MIAMI (CBS4) – School teachers are angry about a proposal—Senate Bill 736—that would put teachers hired after 2014 on one year contracts, effectively eliminating tenure. The bill also would tie a huge portion of their pay to their students’ standardized test scores. If it sounds like a redo of the controversial Senate Bill 6 which was vetoed by then Governor Crist last year, that is because it is.

Miami-Dade 7th grade teacher Emy Gomis joined a street protest Thursday and as passing motorist honked their support.

She told CBS4’s Michael Williams, “Kids are not products. They are human beings. We need to nurture them. They come to us with a lot of problems we need to sort out and it is not as easy as people think.”

Another teacher, Heather Blackmon, said, “None of us came into education to make money. We are here for our students. We want to do our jobs. There are amazing, awesome teachers out here. We are working with less every single year, trying to do more.”

Teachers feel hemmed in on all sides—proposed multibillion dollar cuts to Florida’s education budget, pension reform that could impact their salaries, and new accountability measures they worry are poorly though out. But Governor Scott has made it clear he supports new standards for teacher performance and this debate is only going to intensify in the months ahead.

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  1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

    I find that the more tax payers give in South Florida, the more that Education REQUIRES. I know that there is no money, that is why we are in a FINANCIAL CRUNCH. But, Miami-Dade has Principals, catering to parents with records, and hooked on drugs, because they have managed to LOOK GOOD in front of the PRINCIPAL, VICE-PRINCIPAL, AND KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.
    That is the case in Henry Flager Elementary, with a parent, who does their filing while reprimanding children in the CAFETERIA, so that her Kindergartener, gets to bully and be bullied…
    Tehn we have the teachers that were not listened to at Blue Lakes Elementary, where children had been abused, neglected, and even, home schooled by abusive parents.

    So much in South Florida needs fixing, and DOES NOT!
    We are terrified of COPS, because they are corrupt, and work for the County Mayor and the Fat Commissioner…

    Life is WORSE THAN EVER in this part of the WORLD…Awful, Injustices, and Criminals running loose…

  2. Jane Doe says:

    Merit pay is very unfaiir. You can be the best teacher there is but if you have students that do not want to learn there is nothing you can do.

    1. SOLIDARITY says:

      Why are the politicians so adamant about merit pay? What is the PAYOFF for them?

      They are making teachers feel like failures but I THINK THEY ARE FAILING the people who voted them into office. People need to stop being complacent and STAND UP for their RIGHTS.

      SOLIDARITY is the key and we need ALL teachers to STAND UNITED to fight this.

  3. FRUSTRATED TEACHER says:

    I REFUSE to take responsibility for other people’s mistakes.

    POLITICIANS SHOULD BE FORCED TO TAKE A COMPENTENCY TEST before they take office? Most are not CAPABLE of doing their jobs yet they have a position.

    1. Why are some “officials” paid 6 figures (plus)? Teachers do much more and are paid less? Without teachers no one would have a job…has anyone thought about that?

    2. Why is that bill ALLOWED back if THE VOTERS DECIDED AGAINST IT? THEY ARE WASTING TAX PAYERS’ MONEY TO REVIVE A BILL THAT WAS VETOED.

    WE NEED TO START RECALLING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT RESPECTING OUR WISHES. We PAY TAXES and PUT PEOPLE IN OFFICE to represent US. If not, they need to GO!

  4. Claudia Garcia says:

    i’m never going to become a teacher at this rate. this is so depression on way too many levels. it’s sad when educators are pushed around like this, in other countries teachers are lauded..here? a teacher is lucky to get a thank you.

  5. MiamiMex says:

    The politicians are so frigging confused.

    We need to cut waste – not attack the teachers.

    There is tons of waste in education – but IF WE ALIENATE THE QUALITY TEACHERS WITH QUALITY EDUCATION WE WILL BE LEFT WITH NOTHING BUT LOSERS.

    PAY TEACHERS WHO HAVE A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION FROM A HIGH QUALITY UNIVERSITY.

    FIRE THE EXCESSIVE “ADMINISTRATORS” WHO SHUFFLE PAPERS.

    .

  6. Grown-Up responsible for my own life says:

    There are so many lazy lousy teachers out there, and it shows in many of your grammatical errors…

    If it weren’t so expensive to manage union members I’m sure there would be a lot less cuts in your budget. One of the comments, commented on officers who put their lives on the line… please…. read 1984 again champ…

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