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Duval County says its teachers need more training

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti wants Duval County to teach its teachers. For the first time, the district is spending $3,375,000 to develop and host teacher and coaching training academies over the summer.

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Gunny48 - 6/19/2013 8:59 AM
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" spending $3,375,000 " - yet the teachers still have to beg for supplies or spend their own money to get them?!! We need to turn over another rock to see if there's another "leader" available... (Oh yeah - turn off the whining about new FCAT grading actually requiring the students to be able to read!)

whosaysnocan - 6/19/2013 6:33 AM
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I concur with "Frankinjax." There have been many problems within the system for quite sometime. From our experience the major problem is the lack of parental involvement. We got to know each of child's teachers and were among the few parents involved in the yearly class activities. Although from kindergarten on we recognized that many parents did nothing to prepare their kids nor did they get involved unless there was a problem. Then these same ones would argue with the teacher about the student's failure, behavior, generally due to the lack of parental positive influence/involvement. Most of the teachers are dedicated and work hard to teach kids. I cannot see what more training for them could possibly do when the teachers are dealing with more problem behaviors from students and parents. Are they going to be able to discipline the kids? Are the parents going to be required to take some type of parental training? The past few decades have produced generations of ill prepared "parents. Until there is some type of mandatory involvement from parents/guardians our teachers will burn out and where will that get the next generation of citizens. In this era of political correctness, the lack of facing the truth of particular communities has been dragging down the school system. As I gave seen posted elsewhere~it is a reflection on our society when pro ball players, actors, random "celebrities" have incomes far exceeding that of those that are responsible to educate our kids. I pray for our educators, for more "parents" to take their role more seriously. Looking forward to what the next school year brings.

Frankinjax - 6/19/2013 1:19 AM
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Want to know about the realities of being a teacher or educator in Florida. Let me tell you. First, you will be grossly underpaid. Teachers and Educators in Florida make 60% lower wages than the national average for the same position in other states. Retirement became a joke when Scott robbed the pension plans. You will be expected to use your personal car for school business with a below standard compensation. If there are not materials to teach your class, you will be expected to buy them out of pocket, and maybe get some compensation later. You will be required to out up with rude and unruly children who know they can "get away with it" AND RUDE PARENTS blaming you for their spawn's bad behavior. And if you go to administration to complain, you get branded as a troublemaker. Why would anyone choose to be a teacher anymore?
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