Thursday, April 19, 2007

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

With the Superintendent's effort to divide our ranks we must not get off track of the issue.

Some things to consider WHY her tactic will not work:

The classroom size cap for elementary and middle school classes is less than high school. We did not say one word about it. Why? We know our day-to-day jobs are different. I've taught two of the 3 levels, enough said, it is different. So is ESE.

HERE WE GO FOLKS - THIS JUST IN:

(email just received from 3 people: authenticated)


I would like to provide you with a quick update regarding the rally on Tues. It will start at 3:30 pm in front of the ROSSAC building. I have contacted the following news stations who will be in attendance: Fox news, Bay News 9, ABC news, Tampa Bays 10. I have also contacted the Tampa PD and spoke with their special events office. Below are additional guidelines and suggestions that the officer in charge of our rally gave me.
1) In addition to not placing objects on the sidewalk we can not have banners or flyers posted on city property including lamp posts and telephone poles
2) In order to allow the flow of pedestrian traffic the officer suggested that we move in a single file line on the sidewalk.
3) The officer (whose many friends are also teachers) suggested that when the media arrives, the teachers continue to move in a single file line. It will look extremely bad if a teacher is being interviewed and in the background is a large group of teachers screaming and yelling!
4) We need to be aware of our noise level -- no bull horns!!
After the rally when the school board meeting begins we can all grab some dinner. Our normal location is Gilligans which has good food and is approx 2 blocks away off of Morgan St.
If you are preparing a sign below are some phases floating around my school.

Email me and let me know of anything you've come up with to help those of us who are creative challenged! Remember, they should be large and to the point. Its also important that we stick to the issue of the 6/7 plan.
"Quality of minutes not Quantity of minutes"

"No teacher left behind"

"Endangered species: Quality Teachers"

"300 mins = Overtired, Underpaid"

"Is this what you voted for?"

"E ducation Board
L acking
I n
A ction"
Please forward this email to all who are interested! :-)


Any creative signs ideas can also be submitted here.

Even if you can't show up at 3:30, lets face it we have family to feed.
Show up when you can. Like most things in the system it's the numbers that matter. That's what got us here.

The schedule is done. The first cuts are made. NOW there are faces and friends that make this a must.

The last time teachers showed up they were noticed, by the board, the superintendent, and the press.


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8 comments:

Sisyphus said...

Thank you Suzie!

I will definately pass this on. I am also getting some people from the community to speak at the board meeting about the effect for their special interests.

Anonymous said...

F orgo
C lassroom-size
A mendment
T oday

Anonymous said...

Cutting Jobs = Cutting Student Programs & Services

Anonymous said...

$28 Mil = 3%
Job Cuts = 10%

It Doesn't Add Up.

Anonymous said...

Parents Ask Your Students What Electives Got Cut.

Anonymous said...

UNIT LOSS = TEACHER LOSS

TEACHERS ARE PEOPLE, NOT UNITS!

or

6/7 WILL LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN BEHIND

Anonymous said...

CUT The TEACHER!
LEAVE The PROGRAM.

HOW?

Anonymous said...

Based upon Saturday's Trib article, we should all wear long sleeve shirts WITH THE SLEEVES ROLLED UP!

Even those that speak should roll up their sleeves AS THEY ARE SPEAKING. Don't talk about it just do it.

Everybody show support and "ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES to ROLL BACK THE CHANGES."