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HB 7069: a bad bill then, a bad law now

Welcome back educators! It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and the sound of school bells are already ringing in the 2017-18 school year. Where has the summer gone? Many of you, I am sure, have not had much of a summer because of working other jobs, recertifying or just preparing [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|In My Opinion, Legislative Session|Comments Off on HB 7069: a bad bill then, a bad law now

Making ALL Schools a Priority

I have spent many days over the past year visiting public schools throughout Florida that state education officials say need the most help. The state makes its determination about these schools based almost entirely on test scores – and they don’t dig any deeper than that. What I saw at our Priority Schools and learned [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|In My Opinion|Comments Off on Making ALL Schools a Priority

My episode on “Florida This Week”

Had a great discussion on "Florida This Week" about all aspects of education. Click here to watch.

By | March 5th, 2017|General News, In My Opinion, Legislative Session|Comments Off on My episode on “Florida This Week”

Every student, every school, every day.

I have spent many days over the past year visiting public schools throughout Florida that state education officials say need the most help. The state makes its determination about these schools based almost entirely on test scores – and they don’t dig any deeper than that. What I saw at our Priority Schools and learned [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|General News, In My Opinion|Comments Off on Every student, every school, every day.

American Education Week 2016

This week is American Education Week. This is a week to spotlight and thank those that work in our public schools every day. Our job is to provide a high quality education to every student from pre-kindergarten through college. It takes everyone in our public schools to help make a great public school experience for [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|In My Opinion|Comments Off on American Education Week 2016

Almost at the finish line.

The election is almost over... finally! Before celebrating, there was some campaigning to be done in Miami this past weekend. On Saturday, I joined the campaign trail on the Chiva bus caravan! The first stop was Shenandoah, where I met up and campaigned with Sonia Rodriguez for her husband José Javier Rodríguez. From there we [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|General News, In My Opinion|Comments Off on Almost at the finish line.

6 days until this election is over

This year I held my very first Delegate Assembly as President of the Florida Education Association, and what an event it was. A former president, a candidate for Senate, a moving session on institutional racism and tons of new business items – we had it all. The FEA Delegate Assembly held last weekend (October 20-22) [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|Enough is Enough, In My Opinion|Comments Off on 6 days until this election is over

That’s a wrap!

"Finally taking a moment to post about my first FEA Delegate Assembly as the President of the Florida Education Association. I wanted to soak up and capture every moment. We had over 1000 delegates and guests attend the 2016 DA...we were fortunate to have the 42nd POTUS speak to us, had a serious discussion around [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Enough is Enough, General News, In My Opinion|Comments Off on That’s a wrap!

Elections, elections, elections.

If you are like me you have been bombarded with TV and radio ads as well as print media. It is ridiculous the amount of money that is spent on political campaigns. However, that is the system we have and if you are going to reach the voter you must spend the coin. I want [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|In My Opinion|Comments Off on Elections, elections, elections.

The Overuse of Testing Affects Everyone

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Florida’s accountability system has gone horribly wrong. The number of standardized tests being administered has exploded over the past decade. The overuse of testing affects everyone. Students are robbed of learning time, and teachers of time to teach. The classroom curriculum is also focused primarily on [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|In My Opinion|Comments Off on The Overuse of Testing Affects Everyone