More than 75 Palm Beach County
teachers staged unusual protests over the weekend.
Dressed in red and wielding pens, they sat at mall food courts
and graded stacks of papers. Participants in the so-called Grade-In
Marathon hoped to show the public how demanding and time-consuming
teaching is. They hit malls in Boynton Beach, Wellington and Palm
The protests came hours after the Florida Legislature finalized
a budget deal requiring teachers and other public employees to
contribute 3 percent of their pay toward their retirement. While
the move is expected to help ease the state's budget deficit, it
amounts to a pay cut for those workers.