Jeb should listen to teachers

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2006 at 11:17 p.m.
Jeb Bush showed he does not care about education. I knew it would not be long before Jeb's new plan for repealing the class-size amendment would surface. How ironic that just one day after revealing a not-too-inspiring plan to attract and retain teachers in Florida, Jeb is pushing his new scheme to try and repeal the class-size amendment.
If the 65 percent plan is so great, don't tie it to a repeal of the class-size amendment. The 65 percent plan is just smoke and mirrors and you can keep the stinking laptop. If there is one thing I've learned after 13 years in education, it is that county level administrators are the best number manipulators money can buy. They could come up with some formula to show how 65 percent of funds are already used in the "classroom."
If this 65 percent nonsense passed and it was tied to the repeal of the class size amendment, the state would still have packed classrooms and no new funds would be entering the education system.
I don't understand why Jeb is so against the class-size amendment. It is the only piece of legislation I have seen that might actually have some effect on students' performance.
Lawmakers are in the process of figuring out how to give back an unexpected $3.2 billion in tax revenue. How can Bush say there is not enough money to pay for the class-size amendment?
If Jeb wants a real plan to attract and keep teachers, he should ask the teachers. I'm sure higher pay and smaller classes would top the list.
Unfortunately, his current plan provides for neither.
Eric Rodriguez, Live Oak

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