Friday, March 2, 2007

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This blog has been designed to give the teachers and employees of the Hillsborough County School District an outlet to vent, rant, and most importantly share information and suggestions about Superintendent Elia's plan to increase the number of teaching periods from 5 to 6 periods a day.

We are not under the constraints of our school board's 2 minute warning. We are not under the constraints of the district's email guidelines and its interpretations.

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We will display a professional and unemotional resistance to this attempt at forcing an ill-advised change upon us. We will offer thoughtful solutions and alternatives to this $28 million dollar+ albatross that is being hung around our neck. We will post legal and workable ideas for a district who is ignoring the input of its employees. A district that can't get the buses to show up on time and call in expensive consultants when all they really needed was to ask the drivers! SDHsheesh! (can't take credit for that one). When the district's workload gets unmanageable THEY hire more support staff. Ever walk through the upsidedown pyramid? Notice departments being moved to other buildings?

We will - above all - display a political strength that this district has not seen since the 60's! An election is on the horizon, the anger that seethes among us will be a POSITIVE driving force.

Don't expect CTA to do anything. They want your membership dollars FIRST. There is no guarantee they'll grow 'nads for us. Quite frankly, management loves it when labor argues among themselves so let's focus on MANAGEMENT. There is time enough for the association- unless you know "something" about any collusion. ;>/

This is the teacher's lounge, the hallway, or the mail room. Throw your ideas against "The Wall". Sign you name or not: speak out!

"All in all we're NOT another brick in the wall". Pass this address around.

Suzie

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is much needed! I will start the ball rolling. New info regarding the 6/7 plan... we have received word from an insider (who we must protect) that it only takes 4 out of 7 to remove a superindentant. Continue writing your letters to the school board and continue to attend the school board meetings. They are making a differnce and its putting needed and wanted pressure on the super. All is not what it seems with the school board and everyone is NOT on the supers side! We need to use this to our advantage. Also, we have been told that if this 6/7 plan fails they can strike it and change the plan. Lets make it fail!

- dedicated High School teacher
(Carla Crabapple)

Suzie Creamcheese said...

Thanks Carla! Your info is important: it shows that contrary to the posture displayed by the district THERE IS A CHANCE. I heard the the district is the largest employer in the county. That's a lot of votes sister!

Cable Guy said...

Hey this blog is a GREAT idea Suzie! How about this idea: Why not shorten the periods to 40 minutes? Then schedule an hour conference at the start or end of school. Maybe even a half-hour conference at the start AND the end of school. Schools can adopt either variety. A side benefit might be that this would provide time for a staggered bus schedule. Less traffic congestion too.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of reducing the class times to 40 minutes and doing conference times at beginning and/or end of day. However, does that accomplish instructional hours required?\
-Someone who's been on both sides of the fence

Anonymous said...

ARE there required instructonal hours? You go the hours and fail the FCAT and whatcha got? How about "early release" days? I had some of my best classes on days with shortened periods. It seems like a well structured 40 minutes would get the job done. Is there research that supports either side? All I know is that its NOT the amount of TIME I spent in a class, it was the amount of time I was engaged. My limit was about 45 minutes. How long before you started to "wander" at the Forum? Anybody else?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to share some info from a meeting held with the super's "reps"...cause you know... it would be impossible for the woman to represent herself! The 300 mins was placed in our contract back in 1985. Back then, classes were 60 mins not 50 mins. Well you do the math... 60 x 5 gives your 300 mins! It has been explained to me that in 1985 the union decided to use the mins terminology instead of period terminology because they were fearfull that the district would try to increase the mins of the period therefore shafting the teachers. No one every thought the district would be stupid enough to increase the 5 periods! We discussed this with the "reps" and a teacher who use to work in pasco suggested the 5/6 plan that pasco is using. This keeps the 50 mins for the students and it keeps the 5 periods for us. The response from the "rep" was... uhhh... well in todays educational society there are to many students taking intensive reading and math classes and because of that all of your electives would be virtually wiped out! Well the reality is... most intensive reading and math students don't have a large impact on academic elective enrollment anyways!! Certainly not AP electives and honors electives. Perhaps we could look more into what is going on in Pasco and find out more details as a possible solution? Another teacher asked the "rep" what other counties around the state where doing since we all have budget problems. There response was... uhhh... well we haven't had much time yet to do the research however we know that pasco is not an option and that you wouldn't be happy teaching there!!! If you have contacts with other teachers in other districts I think it would be useful to start talking with them to find out whats going on in their district.

Carla Crabapple
(Carlacrabapple@yahoo.com)

P.S. I will be forwarding all my district emails regarding 6/7 plan to this account and responding from here. If you'd like to send me your email I will keep in contact with you via hotmail or yahoo etc. I'm on the front lines of this beast so you'll be hearing a lot from me! :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh man my spelling is aweful! I promise I'm not an idiot! Just to upset to spell check as I'm typing about the idiot decisions of the district!

Carla :-)

Subversive Teacher said...

Miami teachers protested. Time for Tampa teachers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFIv2gOLkpw

James Otis said...

We need people to continue to make waves...too many parents are still oblivious to how next year's plan will hurt students. Why be afraid to stand up in front of the schoolboard and announce "this is what we will NOT do next year..." and start listing off activities? My key quote next year when students want letters of recommendation, chaperones to sponsor events, and extra review sessions for AP exams after school will be "I'm sorry, the schoolboard does not alott me time for that."

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this forum. As was said in the last school board meeting, teachers never speak up because we always do what is right for our students regardless of how it affects us....they think they have an ace in the hole since we never speak up. But you want to know what? If we don't speak up, our students will suffer GREATLY! Is there a gifted writer out there/English teacher out there that can write an editorial style letter and send it to all the papers alerting PARENTS to the horrible repurcussions that this stupid decision will cause? I still say that if the parents knew what was going to happen, they'd be utterly pissed! Elia has done a wonderful job marketing this stupid decision as a "wonderful" way for the students to get more time with us. Parents don't realize the inner workings of the system. We have got to let them know. So glad to know that a movement is starting to get Elia ejected. Does this woman really think that she can do as she please at any given moment without the consent of the school board, teachers and parents? OBVIOUSLY SHE DOES! We've got to do something to get this woman off of this "power trip" she is on. She's using speed to help get her new plan ushered in....in this way, it is done so quickly, that nobody can do anything about this....At the school board meeting 3 weeks ago, Candy Olson was the only school board member to speak up in defense of teachers asking Elia why all of this had to be done so quickly without a thorough evaluation. Elia told her in front of everyone, "I don't need school board approval to do this". Is this sounding like a dictatorship to you? That is what it is sounding like to me. Please spread the word of this website and get the fires started at your school for the benefit of us all and most importantly, to help the kids. They will pay the ultimate price for this stupid fiasco.

Anonymous said...

I 100% agree with James Otis! The next school board meeting is March 13. I think we need to get as many school teachers as possible to attend and shed light on what they will be "forced" to give up. I think the key word is FORCED... not refuse. My proposal for the next school board meeting is to get as many teachers as possible to stand in front of the school board and say "I am Carla Crabapple and I teach blah blah blah at Blank high school. Because of Ms. Elias decision I will be forced to give up Blank club and I will no longer be able to volunteer for _ _ _ _". Next teacher stands up... "My name is .." I think this is a strong strategy and will prevent us from sounding like a broken record. What do you all think of this idea ?

Carla Crabapple

Anonymous said...

The newspapers have no interest in letting parents know "the truth" as far as this is concerned. Remember we are funded by the public's tax dollars. In order to run things properly and have the class size amendment actually do what the voters wanted it to do, the public would have to pay more in taxes. Parents have no interest in taking responsibility for their children... as far as they're concerned, that is our job. They do not want to hear the reality of the school situation.

settergirl said...

Today, a department head at our high school was told to let her staff know that those teachers who planned to "work to the contract" next year could expect to have that decision reflected in their evaluations next year. Even though CTA is not taking the stance we all would like, it seems to me that threatening reprisals for anyone who follows the contract exactly as it is written has the potential to become a class action law suit.

Anonymous said...

7:03 You need to document the "veiled" threat regarding evaluations and "working to the contract" for any future need. If you are a CTA member it should be reported. Why not at least name the school here so that those of us who MAY be "shopping around" know when to keep walking. You can see the true colors start to show. Any principal that feels a negotiated contract is bendable needs to be exposed. To get an unsatifactory evaluation for performing to the contract is indeed a lawsuit waiting to be filed. Your experience should prepare you. Do not allow the opportunity to slide. Names, dates, times, witnesses and as many quotes as possible. You may have it and not need it but there will be a quiet satisfaction to building the case and feeling that you have some control over the issue. Do NOT trust your memory. Stay cool.

Anonymous said...

I find it sad that the school district is resorting to threats and intimidation instead of just communicating and working with the teachers! If you or your school is threatened in any way shape or form you need to document as the other poster said and inform CTA (although they are probably useless!) If this is happening to you please post your experience on this blog (anonymous is fine). I think we need to get a feel of whether this is an isolated case or are their others out there getting the same crap. Also, please forward this blog to as many teachers as possible. The more schools and teachers involved the better :-)

James Otis said...

Keep in mind that evaluations are really nothing more than beaurocratic paperwork. When was the last time any of us received a raise or promotion for receiving "outstanding" marks? I for one have NEVER seen anything come out of this. On the reverse side, what is going to happen with a Needs Improvement check? I realize none of us want to work in a hostile environment, but don't give up because of BS checkmark! Keep fighting!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Otis et al have good points! Of course, in order to qualify for Performance Pay or STAR don't we need points that require an "outstanding" in a few areas? Personally my self-respect will not be affected if I stand up for my beliefs and sacrifice the money. I refuse to be intimidated!

Dixi said...

I would like to know how many people received a suprising needs improvement on their review that was never there before and and quite schockingly used as an attempt to keep the teacher quiet.

I for one, Dixi, have and I would like to see how many others have. I have documented and informed CTA.

If you have please post so we can tally it up.

Anonymous said...

The newspapers have no interest in letting parents know "the truth"

Replace newspapers with media. We all realize their integrity is rated BELOW that of lawyers. They need to sell papers and advertising. Note how both the Times and the Trib have lowered their standards. Our boys are dying and it was Anna Nichol all over the front page and lead story for days!

Read the accounts of any School Board meeting and compare it with what you saw in person or on Ch 18. You scratch your head wondering how they edit what happens. It's a shallow pool in the editing room.

Anonymous said...

So, we had a department meeting today and our department head informed us that... get this...the district has changed their mind. Apparently there is not enough funding for 25:1 so they are changing compliancy to 27:1. How many teachers would like to place money on the bet that by the time school starts next year it will be.... you guessed it... 30:1. Wow... the whole notion of "you'll be teaching the same number of kids under the 6/7 plan" has just gone right out the window. Our DH also mentioned the fact that unit cut are coming our way. So, we're having a teacher shortage, we can't afford to hire new teachers for the 6/7 plan, and now some teachers will be cut!!?? What the he!! is going on downtown?

Fuming CC

Anonymous said...

Ok I think we all need a good laugh! I saw this on a jobsite and had to post it. Enjoy!

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Why is Florida a great place for your teaching career?

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Why is Florida a great place to Teach?

Paid life insurance, retirement and teacher liability insurance

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Recognition and rewards for high performing teachers

Salary bonuses for earning national certification, mentoring other teachers and doing what teachers do best – inspire student learning

CC

James Otis said...

WOW!!! I for one teach AP with exceptional passing scores, honors, and an elective. I sponsor probably THE most active service club at my school and am up for a major community award for it(not through the school district), and I have NEVER received any sort of recognition or reward for my hard work. That ad is the biggest load of crap...OK, but that's just venting. I have a really big issue with the addition of 2 more kids per class, and also feel that Carla is correct in assessing that this will keep rising until we hit 30 or 32 per class, blowing the explanation that we'll be teaching the same amount of kids out of the water. I was also present for the unit cuts information, and wonder...didn't our school district representatives inform us that the 6/7 plan is underway because despite the attempts to recruit new workers from other states, we have too many positions to be filled to keep up with the teacher shortage. But we're cutting units???????????? So there goes that whole justification for next year's plan. We need more people to speak up at the next meeting, not just the same voices who have been heard. Please try your hardest to get other people on board with this, and to my people who are facing intimidation, I have so much respect for you not backing down. Keep fighting...that's the only way revolutions take place (although I personally like to think of this as a coup!) It's more fun that way...

James "The MadDog" Otis

Anonymous said...

Check THIS out...
http://www.leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot.com/

Seems to be a lot more the 6/7 going on @ ROSSAC...

Once again it seems that the Trib and Times display the same level of motivation...they seem to look down on their readers as not being able to follow an investigative report. Have they replaced the "old boys network with the old gals network"? Can we trust them to get it right?

tampa.teacher said...

I have also been suprisingly marked Needs Improvement on my review....It is reprisal for my speaking out on the issue of 6/7 plan.

Anonymous said...

How many of you will be attending this Tues school board meeting? We need to drum up support. We can't always rely on the same teachers over and over again.

Anonymous said...

If you'd like to go but really can't then let's email them letting the Board know we will be watching on Channel 18 (Ed. channel). Go and look at the SDHC Web site. It appears as though the board is in meetings ALL day before they show up for the public meeting. I'd like to point out that they will experience on that one day what we experience every day! Maybe they would like to add a few more hours to evry meeting. Fair's fair.

I looked at:
http://www.leedrurydecesarescasting-
roomcouch.blogspot.com/

Anyone know Orlando? If so please make sure he knows he has our support.

twinkobie said...

I have sent all these comments to the Board and to Letitia Stein of the SPTimes, who covers the Board. She's intelligent. Rosemary Goudreau is a girlfriend of Elia, so I think that's why its reporter never does anything but take dictation from Ms. Elia and prints that. I am also sending this it Patrick Mangeiga and asking for him to put Susie Chreamcheese's blog URL in "As We Heard It" so people will tune you in. Go to the School Board Meeting by all means; say that you want the front end of the meeting to be your time slot so that teachers feel welcome to give their input. Also say you want each of the Board members to visit your school for an auditorium meeting of give and take with the faculty that is open to the public. Don't be humble. Be forthcoming. And don't let them intimidate you. Not a one of the $100,000 plus administrators know how to punctuate. They are where they are because they are suckups to the superintendent on the job at the time. This is a very old and very wicked system of exploiting tax dollars to pay themselves big salaries. One of the first speakers should ask the Board to suspend the time limits for teachers to speak. The Board rules say they can. I will ask the Board to do so in an email. Repeat the request when you go up to spoeak. Once more into the breach. lee drury de cesare

twinkobie said...

April Griffin (april.griffin@sdk12.fl.us); edgecomb (doretha.edgecomb@sdhc.k12.fl.us); valdes (susan.valdes@sdhc.k12.fl.us); Tiger Bay Club of Tampa (tigerbay@tampabay.rr.com); montolino (montolino@aol.com)Ms. Olson: This excerpt in black came from the new teacher blog The Wall by Susie Creamcheese:http://call-in-6.blogspot.com/2007/03/welcome.html.

Not one other Board member supported your call for a slower process so that the Board could scrutinize the plan? This refusal to back your reservations is not good service to the community or the school family. Are they scared to do their duty? I am especially disappointed in Edgecombe, Griffin, and Valdez.

Ladies, you are not doing your job. Bring this blitzkrieg up again tomorrow night and slow things down. The voters and school family need you on the Board that they elected to be in their corner. You are not working for the administration--especially one with Elia's deficient management record. You are working for the taxpayers, the students, the teachers, and all the other members of the school family. lee drury de cesare

So glad to know that a movement is starting to get Elia ejected. Does this woman really think that she can do as she please at any given moment without the consent of the school board, teachers and parents? OBVIOUSLY SHE DOES! We've got to do something to get this woman off of this "power trip" she is on. She's using speed to help get her new plan ushered in....in this way, it is done so quickly, that nobody can do anything about this....At the school board meeting 3 weeks ago, Candy Olson was the only school board member to speak up in defense of teachers asking Elia why all of this had to be done so quickly without a thorough evaluation. Elia told her in front of everyone, "I don't need school board approval to do this". Is this sounding like a dictatorship to you? That is what it is sounding like to me. Please spread the word of this website and get the fires started at your school for the benefit of us all and most importantly, to help the kids. They will pay the ultimate price for this stupid fiasco.


c to Valdez, Griffin, Edgecombe

Suzie Creamcheese said...

Thank you Lee! We welcome your support, influence and access.

teacher.tampa said...

The Board members are showing support. All of the teachers who have spoken have done an excellent job. We need more teacher turn out; new and different teachers. I will speak again but it will be more effective to have new faces and voices for the board to hear. Otherwise, it just looks like the same malcontents at each meeting. We are getting board support. Let’s keep this movement going. I've done my best to encourage others and will continue to encourage them. The greatest encouragement I can give is to attend as many board meetings as possible. The students who spoke at tonight's meeting did an outstanding job. We all need to encourage parents to pay attention and speak up. Then the Board will remember they are elected officials and realize who they have to please --the people who put them in their position by electing them.

twinkobie said...

JUST LIKE YOU, SOME TEACHERS CAN'T FUNCTION MORE THAN 8 Write out numbers up to one hundred. HOURS A DAY WITHOUT FINDING SOMTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. Oh, those spoiled teachers. What pikers they are! I SIT EVERYDAY (this is two words for an open compound here: "every day." AND WATCH TEACHERS RUN OUT THE DOOR PAST MOST OF THE KIDS comma, nonrestrictive participial phrase LEAVING SOME CHILDREN WHO COULD USE THEIR HELP BEHIND.

twinkobie said...

I should have said that the above comment incorporated the words of one Richard Ceglio.His are the caps. Richard came to the rescue of the school system three years ago from the corporate world and does not have positive feelings about career teachers. He can't punctuate and doesn't know that one puts a period at the end of a sentence. God help the children in Richard's classes. It's the blind leading the blind. To see Richard's two priceless lucubrations in toto, go to leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot. lee drury de cesare

deepcover said...

Actually I feel for Dick.

Most teachers feel the same way he does for the first five years and perhaps a little longer. I suspect he really doesn't need the money and this "vacation" away from the Corporate World is spent "helping the kids" at Sickles. Unfortunately his attitude appears to be ego-based which is something to guard against. Having those faces looking up to you, appearing to hang on every word, and particularly providing that adult validation so many students seem to need is intoxicating to rookies. It is also something that really undermines reality and often times blurs the paycheck that so many college-trained teachers need to pay off that ole college loan. It can be like crack - you just can't get enough of it. Obviously Mr. C. doesn't need the money and feels that his peers don't either.

I have to wonder if he left the Corporate World out of guilt. Downsizing, buyouts, firings, and other unpleasant realities of his previous job may also be driving him to make amends via his teaching position - once again on the backs of the veteran teachers.

Dick, please keep in mind that the teachers you reference in your email may be experiencing burnout. Watch closely: THAT is your future. You will gain no support by dismissing their condition. Your lack of understanding will only exacerbate the tension and you will have to isolate yourself or they will. Once again it’s a rookie mistake.

In the meantime use some of that "corporate experience" to learn the culture you have chosen to join. Find out why some of the teachers you witness are behaving in that manner. Don't be so damn aloof and maybe you will gain an understanding before you get run over with your eyes closed.

So WHAT do you teach? How many preps do you have? Are you enrolled in the Alternate Certification Program? ESOL training? Are you supporting a family? Do you aspire to an administrative position? Does your wife work? Do you need the paltry 34K or did you land at Sickles with a golden parachute or trust fund?

You lasted 30 years in the Corporate World, I give you 10 in the classroom.

twinkobie said...

What I noted about Dick is his virulent ageism. He's down on us old people. He is filled with contempt for us. He is 50 years old and maybe coming off male menopause, but the fellow is uncivil to grannies. Maybe this is a symptom of getting old himself.

I was a psychiatric nurse for a while when I was young and read everything Freud wrote. I see Dick as a packet of pathology. I hope he doesn't download it on the children in his classes.

I hope Dick shows up at the next School Board and goes up to the podium to tell Elia what an inspiring leader she is, that she is right to load more work on overworked teachers. I will waylay La Dick in the parking lot and slap the misguided lad silly. Lee Drury De Cesare

twinkobie said...

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From: Ginger Goepper [mailto:Ginger.Goepper@sdhc.k12.fl.us]
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 1:37 PM
To: lee decesare
Subject: Re: FW: The teacher gap: prepare now - The Boston Globe


"lee decesare" on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 1:04 PM -0500 wrote:
La Superintendent Elia does not yet know where to put a comma and writes with the rhetorical lack of élan of a third-grader.
Madam,
Please stop harassing this lady. We do not need your propaganda.

Ginger Goepper: You speak for yourself, not "we." I will post your message on my school Web site and send it to another school
Web site for airing. lee drury de cesare

http://leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot.com

http://call-in-6.blogspot.com/2007/03/welcome.html

twinkobie said...

I talked to the Pinellas CTA representatives at Suncoast Tiger Bay about how the HIllsborough CTA representatives were in bed with the administration and did nothing on the extra-class outrage. They told me that they fought for their members and had talked to the Hillsborough CTA people without its doing any good. My inference is that it is not the union but the personnel that occupies the staff jobs that are the problem.

I was union president at HCC. The union is only as strong and committed as the top people. The Hillsborough County people who occupy the staff positions need replacing. lee drury de cesare

Suzie Creamcheese said...

"They told me that they fought for their members and had talked to the Hillsborough CTA people without its doing any good. My inference is that it is not the union but the personnel that occupies the staff jobs that are the problem."

I agree Lee. It also bolsters my belief that this is more budget-driven than amendment-based.


Which one of the CTA leaders will ask the tough questions knowing that they refused to reveal their salaries?
CTA can't ask for any accounting without exposing their "secrets".

twinkobie said...

I have copied to send to the Board the post-10th-meeting comments. I fear they are too lazy and too involved in the ROSSAC incestuous pod to bother to pull this site up.

I always rebuke them when I do something like this for their lack of interest and incompetence. If you've tried nice, and that doesn't work, try invective. Citizens have a right to invective, and the Board will listen to you with more respect.

I sent my review of the 10th around today and posted in at leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot. lee drury de cesare

twinkobie said...

Board members: I infer you are too unconcerned to pull up TheWall, the teacher blog. You prefer listening to in incestuous persiflage in the ROSSAC pod. Here're some comments below to spoon feed to Board sloths.
I think Ms. Ethridge was the least popular Board member on the 10th. That prissy, inaccuarte diatribe about teachers' "misbehavior" will come back to haunt her. When Board members want to shut up free speech, they deliver tacky motheaten sermons on "civility." What could be more uncivil than dumping another class period on teachers to teach free to solve Ms. Elia's lack of leadership ability?
Lee Drury De Cesar

twinkobie said...

Message to Pinellas CTA president with copies to press and PC School Board (companion ninnies to HC's Board):
Ms. Moore: Go to leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot for more of my commentary on the HC School Board. Go to TheWall.blogspot for Hillsborough County blog on teacher response to Elia's and the HC Board's trashing of teachers.

Teachers in Hillsborough County have finally woken up, I hope. My four children went to Grady, Coleman, and Plant. I have two grandchildren still and Plant and Grady.

A teacher is running against incumbent Dr. Jack Lamb of District 3 in the next election. I hear he's a fine teacher. This is a great omen for revolution of teachers' standing in Hillsborough County. I will encourage a fellow who spoke at the 13th Board meeting to complain about the agriculture teachers losing their jobs in Elia's clumsy bull-in-a-china shop budget decisions. He's in airhead Faliera's district.

The days in Hillsborough County of Board-administration joint devaluing and disrespecting are on the wane. That is my hope. Such moves can't be far behind in Pinellas County.

Hope to see you again soon at Tiger Bay and your giant assistant whom Latvala made eyes at.

lee drury de cesare
15316 Gulf Boulevard 802
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

twinkobie said...

I read The Wall to keep in touch with what teachers think.

I keep seeing comments that say teachers must speak up at the school board to get things done the way teachers need them to be done. I agree.

I am going to the next board meeting to protest Ms. Elia's creating two featherbedding jobs for that old fart Hamilton. He's now in Tallahassee for $65,000 a year as a lobbyist. I bet his protege Connie the Vamp Milto wishes he would drop dead so that she can pursue social opportunities with men under 70.

The board did not utter a peep of protest at this featherbedding job. Hamilton's still feeding at the public trough as a double dipper: pension and school "consultant" salary. He joins Ethridge and Lamb in this greedy situation.

Steve Hegerty just got a raise from $91,000 to $101,000. That's over ten percent while the teachers got a measly 2 percent. I reviewed the applications when that little twerp got hired. Steve did not have the qualifications and cannot spell and punctuate. Elia was dumb enough to think he could get her good press because he had been a reporter for the SPT. Why doesn't somebody protest that obscene jump in Hegarty's salary and compare it to the peanuts teachers got at the next board meeting?

I will be there protesting Hamilton's featherbedding jobs and the sadism of Linda Kipley in the Professional Standards cell block. You never run out of evils to protest about at the school board.

I can assure you that the board and administration will not kill you if you speak up. If you stand up and fight them, they will leave you alone. And I would be glad to convene a Speak-up Protection League and Quilting Bee. lee drury de cesare

twinkobie said...

Be aware that Goader is being put through the Professional Standards crucifixion gauntlet run by Buchenwald Kipley of the Home ec Party. The ROSSAC thugs must have had Goader on their trap list for a long time. You know he has a blog. Does that tell you why he has been ratted out and turned into the police, who have a report at the Ybor station which any member of the public can see. I live on the beach and haven't driven to Tampa to see it yet. If anybody does, scan in a copy and send to me, and I will mount in on my blog.

Meanwhile, write Goader some buck-up emails, write some crisp rebukes to the board for having allowed the Professional Standards Gestapo to be used to intimidate teachers and keep them shut up for years and years while the board ennablers pretanding they didn't know what was going on. This kind of coercion will never stop until enough teachers protest and protest and protest. lee casting-roomcouch

Anonymous said...

Why, you whiney teachers!!! Stop complaining about working 10 more minutes each period and get back to work so that I get my big fat bonus! Enough yap, yap, yap! Time is money! How do you expect me to bilk the taxpayers and put money into my bank account if you are standing around talking? Get busy, and maybe I will let you keep your planning period. Otherwise, you can say goodbye to that too next year! And forget about the school board members voting to fire me. I tell them what to do. Haven't you figured that out yet? So shut your traps and get back to work!

MaryEvil Elia

twinkobie said...

Susy, please email me. lee tdecesar@tampabay.rr.com