Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crist vetoed the merit pay bill for teachers

Hmmm, I guess that Charlie Crist has just given up all hope of winning the GOP primary in Florida. He vetoed the bill that the Florida legislature had passed that would have instituted merit pay for teachers and tied raises to student performance. It would have phased out tenure for incoming teachers and established bonuses for those who taught in low-performing schools or who helped students improve. The unions are excited and proud for Charlie.

I'd like the teachers unions to explain for everyone why they should be guaranteed tenure. What is so very special about their job that they should be guaranteed employment, usually after just three to five years teaching? I teach in a charter and gave up tenure in the regular public schools to come here. It was the best career decision I ever made. Most charters don't offer tenure and I'd like to hear why giving the principals the flexibility to get rid of poor teachers is such a terrible thing.