February 12, 2011 by staff
Malcolm X, Malcolm X said, “you can not drive a knife into a man’s back nine inches, pull it out six, and call it progress” and while he did not have teachers in Florida mind when he spoke these lines, it might as well have.
A year has elapsed since the fatal Senate Bill 6 easily rolled by the two legislative chambers in Tallahassee and teachers to feel persona non grata. Now, teachers are still feeling the edge of another bill that aims to keep their pay linked to student outcomes. The new bill does not provide clear language on how test scores will affect teacher salaries. Instead, what we call “value added” formula will be the barometer for success in education.
No teacher in Pasco County has received a raise in three years for the idea of offering a wage increase without any additional funding from the state just yet another political attempt of the difficult reform of the education, but eventually demoralize teachers in the state of Florida.
Here’s an idea that the good citizens of Florida should put into action: we will pay for state legislators on their vertiginous approval ratings, or how narrowly they beat their last opponent when he was elected to the office, or better yet we will evaluate the bills they write into the law by how much they increase the overall quality of life for the average everyday and determine their pay raises then. Seems impossible, right? Exactly.
Guidelines for such hit films as “Do The Right Thing” and “Malcolm X”, met with Quinnipiac students, faculty and staff Thursday night at an event sponsored by Black Student Union and Quinnipiac Film Society.
Lee was invited to Quinnipiac as the keynote speaker for Black History Month: “The shortest month of the year,” Lee joked before beginning his presentation.
Lee speech revolved around the importance of education, including that of his own, and a passion for students choosing a career after graduation.
Although Lee has paid tribute to his parents and grandparents always encouraged in all his undertakings, he blamed the parents as the greatest destroyer of dreams, friends referencing it had in college whose parents their pressure in the careers of businessmen, doctors or lawyers.
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