OK, Grumpy Old Teacher (GOT) is starting this post with a math joke because this is the time of the year when he is teaching Geometry students about trigonometry and they want to pronounce the abbreviation with a short ‘i.’
However, there’s so much going on today regarding tomorrow’s teacher rally in Tallahassee, GOT wants to avoid Facebook Jail on a charge of oversharing. So he is creating this post to share links and will update it throughout the day.
Denver teacher retention rate goes up as their post-strike wages take effect: https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2020/01/10/with-15-7-average-pay-increase-post-strike-more-denver-teachers-returned/?fbclid=IwAR0f5lg2M6YrROpjLFvMFJsP_Bd_tZyCo_RNlgTdQnLn_CJ53gwSE_epVx0
Another take on the attempt to intimidate Polk County teachers: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferSabinAdvocate/posts/2422993554678622?__tn__=K-R
” This is not a teacher problem, this is a leadership problem.” https://addictedtoteaching.com/2020/01/11/an-open-letter-to-florida-leadership-about-the-rally-in-tally/?fbclid=IwAR0v-2SnT7fN6vFa0RcF-0rXKHwos03ubE3M-OnHQWWifSBrtwdfbe8cL34
Billy Townsend (Polk County School Board member) shares his thoughts. https://billytownsend.com/2020/01/the-red-monday-strike-and-the-collective-bargaining-rejection-the-teacher-party-begins-to-demonstrate-its-power/?fbclid=IwAR0SvtsZ2i8EXOmdi_aM60tnnyHPSnKf1BPA1k_dOHQzc981SxNZtEuFPJ8
Billy Townsend (again). He updates his post including this thought: Powerful people in this state are accustomed to impunity; so deny it to them. Our best protection as a community moving forward is to make sure that every act of retaliation comes with a public price. https://billytownsend.com/2020/01/a-transformative-36-hours-updating-the-collaborative-threats-made-to-teachers-and-staff/?fbclid=IwAR2bwGyss91Sae3uoXro9c21AJtFxOyi6BBnAs2PBHnn0bZ8JPO4Vh-LgFk
By any yardstick — from per-pupil spending to teacher pay to graduation rates — Florida is an embarrassment. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-edit-put-kids-first-in-tallahassee-20200110-caam6yqruvexrhtjcnqfl67bly-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0ybtna-J72T490P139w2hTObyKy62yqtss7D8KRMY8OLQL0skj0iw9jlQ