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NAACP to hold mansion vigil Thursday for teacher pay veto

by 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.

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4 Responses to “NAACP to hold mansion vigil Thursday for teacher pay veto”

  1. s. tring Says:

    This bill is really not about the children of Florida or even teacher’s pay and tenure. THIS BILL IS ABOUT MONEY…TAXPAYER DOLLARS…THE LEGISLATURE WANTS TO SPEND SCHOOL MONEY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MORE TESTS. WHO STANDS TO PROFIT?? WHO OWNS THESE SOFTWARE COMPANIES?? 900 MILLION DOLLARS TO PRIVATE CORPORATIONS. HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO IMPLEMENT FAILED FCAT TESTS?? WHO PROFITTED FROM THAT EXPENDITURE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS?? SOMEONE PLEASE RESEARCH THIS.

  2. Kendrick Says:

    NAACP supports Obama.

    Obama supports RACE TO THE TOP

    RACE TO THE TOP INCLUDES Merit Pay.

    You teachers are SCREWED no matter the party.

    Democrats support Obama and Race To The Top and Merit Pay.

  3. Lifetime Member Says:

    Crist is a lifetime member of the NAACP. Hopefully they will be able to bring him to his senses about this bill.
    Jeb Boosh is trying to force this testing thing on the teachers but, the teachers have no say in the quality of children forced on them to teach. I mean you can’t take chicken shit and make chicken salad unless you’ve got a lot of mayonaise and even then it’s still got a little shitty taste. The problem with the NAACP is they don’t have sense enough to follow their beginnings. Originally it stood for, negro’s ain’t acting like colored people.

  4. Lisa Gendreau Says:

    John Thrasher used to be a lobbyist for ETS – gee, I wonder who will create all the tests???

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