A Time for Choosing for Florida’s Teachers & Parents – Top 3 Takeaways – January 25, 2023
- It’s Choice Time for Florida Educators. With additional rights comes additional choice. And as Governor DeSantis has introduced his ‘Teachers Bill of Rights‘, has warned Florida teachers’ unions that systemic change is coming. But it has also created a new moment for electing Florida teachers. What is the reason for being in public education? Is one’s vision consistent with that of the Florida Department of Education or the American Federation of Teachers? I have never made any bones about it. One of the biggest threats to our society is and has been the impact of teachers’ unions. And that has been as present in Florida as anywhere else. Lest we forget what was being discussed less than a year ago about parental rights in Florida education? Here’s a rundown based on what I provided you. March 31 last year, during the height of the fight over Florida’s education parental rights legislation. they have lost credibility and the benefit of the doubt they will do the right thing according to their own judgement. I’m talking about the educational establishment; I’m talking about most teachers. As the rhetorical battle over Florida’s education parental rights legislation continues, we have the facts to consider. I brought you the unfiltered law that erases the don’t say gay narrative. Now let’s take the next step in this conversation. Have public school educators shown that they will act in the best interest of our children or will they err on the side of their own interests and political agendas? 78% of Florida public school teachers are members of a union whose parent is the American Federation of Teachers. Teachers unions repeatedly sued to keep classroom education in Florida closed throughout the fall of 2020, only ending the effort in January 2021 after losing a series of legal decisions over the course of six months. In fact, children who were learning remotely, rather than going to the classroom for education, contracted COVID-19 at three times the rate of those who were in the classroom. This is in addition to the fact that less than 20% of the students who participated in remote learning maintained the same level of learning as those who were in the classroom. So Florida teachers sued for six months to try to provide a lower quality education, poorer student outcomes and a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. But that’s just one example. Then you had Critical Race Theory. When the Florida Board of Education banned principals from teaching Critical Race Theory in schools, the American Federation of Teachers vowed to fight the state and teach the CRT agenda. Subsequently, numerous professors signed a Zinn Project Promise to teach CRT in Florida schools in violation of state law. But wait, there’s still more because we had (the) school mask mandate fiasco. The CDC removed its school mask guidance for students. Immediately, the American Federation of Teachers demanded that the CDC reinstate the recommendation, which they did. Then, despite state law requiring parents to have the option to opt their students out of mask mandates, 12 school districts, including the one in South Florida, flagrantly violated state law and instead catered the Teachers union call.
- Two years and three examples of how 78% of Florida public school educators have fought against the best interests of our children. They have lost credibility, and thus in the midst of a culture war where our children are being sexualized at an alarming rate, and at a time when teens in our schools are identifying as gay at a much higher rate than the one of any age. of adults, and at rates that are five times higher than the homosexual behavior studied. Something is happening in our culture and in our schools that is a historical outlier. There are no more magical multiples of homosexuals in our society, and no one else discussing this issue is discussing this aspect of the problem. Florida’s parental rights in education legislation is necessary because our educators have lost the credibility that they will do the right thing for our children. They have shown that they are much more interested in their own agendas and those of the national union to which they pay their dues. We are lucky to be in a great state with a great governor who is willing to lead on these issues and fight for our rights. And now this year, after having successfully fought all those other battles for educational rights, DeSantis is taking the fight to the belly of the beast by proposing legislation aimed at lessening the influence that teachers’ unions can have over teachers. teachers in our state. The question is how many of those teachers will take advantage of the election? I have long called on teachers to leave their unions and no longer be a part of the public education problem in our state and across the country. I am happy to say that there has been progress. Last year, the Florida Education Association disbanded 3.3% of its members and current figures suggest that 6% of Florida teachers in unions three years ago are no longer unionized. The other side of that conversation is that about 72% of public school teachers continue to be teachers. So yes, as Florida fights for a teachers’ bill of rights, how many will choose to take advantage? Conversely, how many will continue to choose to be part of the problem? But speaking of choice…
- It will be a moment of choice for parents too. once Florida’s universal school choice measures are also passed. And if you are thinking about the choice, and therefore perhaps the agenda, of the educators who are educating our children, this is something to ponder. 73% of all traditional public school teachers are in a union. Only 24% of charter school teachers are in one, while no major union is involved with private school teachers. There are clearly three very different educational tracks in this regard. And with universal school choice likely to pass next session, options that might not have been affordable for many families likely will be. This is what I will tell you from my perspective. It was not in God’s plan for Ashley and I to have children; however, if we did, I would never choose to put my child in a classroom with a teacher who is a member of a union. Last year was the year of fathers’ rights in Florida. This year will prove to be the year of choice, for parents and educators.