NORTH FORT MYERS: Now that Governor Rick Scott is officially sworn into office, you can guess he’s going to get to work and his transition team already has. But they are revisiting issues on the public education system that brought opposition and protests last year.
Tuesday we spoke with a teacher with Academy for the Arts in North Fort Myers who is locally involved with a statewide group called “Stop Senate Bill 6.”
Now though, teachers are taking a different approach to getting their points across.
Instead of protesting, they are staying positive and even drafted up ideas to share with Governor Rick Scott about how to make the public education system better.
Last year, Senate Bill 6, which tied teacher’s pay to student performance, spurred a lot of opposition from teachers. They formed a group, 55,000 strong full of teachers, parents, and administrators called Stop Senate Bill 6 and some protested.
Their message was heard and now former governor Charlie Crist vetoed it.
This time they want their voices heard, but in a different way.
All summer and fall, they have been researching ways on how to make things better for public education. Now their goal is to have their ideas make it to Governor Scott’s desk.
They want to have input when it comes to making decisions on issues like teacher pay and school vouchers so they are taking the governor’s inauguration day to get their message across.
“We wanted it to be positive. We don’t really want to say anything real bad going on right now. We just want to say, ‘Let’s step up and show our support for public schools and let our new governor know that we have ideas and we want to be heard,'” said parent and teacher Bonnie Cunard.
Tuesday, teachers wore red to support public education.