April 15, 2010
Statement by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, On Florida Governor’s Veto of Controversial Education Legislation
WASHINGTON—There is a right way and a wrong way to move schools forward. I am grateful that Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist understood that Senate Bill 6 was the wrong way.
This legislation was divisive and flawed. It was pushed through the state Legislature over the objections of parents and teachers, and sought to turn public education into an ideological petri dish to test ill-conceived experiments.
Teachers need the right tools and support to help all children succeed. And teachers who take on the toughest assignments should get added support—not disincentives to working with the students who are most in need.
It’s time to get back to the business of finding commonsense ways to improve teaching and learning. We hope that, going forward, all those with an interest in improving Florida’s public schools will work cooperatively to adopt programs that are good for kids and fair to teachers.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.