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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