Leon County Teacher Appreciation Rally

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Hundreds of teachers, county and state representatives met up for a group assignment to rally for public education and send a message to legislators before they turn in their final draft of the budget.

Scott Brown a teacher at Leon High School says, "We don't need the legislature to step in and tell us how to do our jobs. If they want to take my job I dare them to do what I do for the pay that I do."

Governor Rick Scott's already signed legislation that moves the state toward a merit pay plan.

Teacher, Roseanne Woods says with 88 of 180 school days already dedicated to testing, creativity will be striped from the classroom: "We've stopped trusting teachers to know what's best for their kids in their classrooms."

Superintendent Jackie Pons says the past two years, Leon County's school system has cut 15 million from its budget.. and says this year the legislature is trying to balance the budget on the backs of hard-working people: "There are other ways that they can collect some revenue so we can fund our next generation. I'm very disappointed in the budget."

Many teachers say they are rallying for their most passionate subject, their students.


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  • by I AM a Teacher Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    It is sad that one side thinks if you don't like it quit and the other is trying to make ends meet. Teachers will be facing a 5 to 10 percent loss of income this next year. Get ready Florida, it's not just teachers facing that. Many State Workers, Police, Fire Fighters and others will be facing forclosure and/or bankruptcy due to the loss of income. How is this going to help the State of Florida?
  • by tom Location: madison on May 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    If the job is sucks so badly and your pay is so terrible and the legislature disrespects you then quit and go get another job. That simple.
  • by just sayin Location: tally on May 4, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    maybe it's because the teachers union disrespects taxpayers...
  • by AnonAgain on May 4, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    @Anonymous - Will you be in the classroom? Welcome to low pay, long hours, and insults. Most people don't go into teaching because they "need a job", they become teachers because it is a noble profession. Why don't you start insulting police and firefighters to their faces, too.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    iF THEY WOULD JUST RAISE THE SALES TAX BY ONE CENT OR EVEN TWO WE COULD GET FLORIDA BACK ON TRACK BUT NO THE LEGIS WANTS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE STATE WORKERS AND MUST GIVE CORPORATE BREAKS.
  • by anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM
    Scott Brown: I appreciate your abilities to teach children but I think your attitude towards the job is not helpful to all. If you are not happy with the job or the pay then you need to give someone else the chance to educate. Just saying.
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