NAACP to hold mansion vigil Thursday for teacher pay vetoby Dara Kam | April 13th, 2010
The local chapter of the NAACP is holding a prayer vigil at the governor’s mansion Thursday night to encourage Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a controversial teacher pay bill.
Crist has until midnight Friday to act on the bill, and recently said the tremendous opposition to the measure (SB 6) has made a “fairly significant impression” on him.
State Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, is helping organize the vigil, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. unless Crist takes action on the measure first.
NAACP Tallahassee chapter president Dale Landry said the bill will force teachers to kick poor-performing students out of their classes because their salaries will be tied to how well the children score on standardized tests.
“You’re talking about a person’s livelihood being tied to children” and factors outside the classroom over which teachers have no control, Landry said.
“To me that’s criminal,” he said.