Brown: Teachers union is blocking reform
During yesterday's back-and-forth on Race to the Top, Pinellas County school board member Mary Brown didn't hold back in hurling a few zingers at the Pinellas teachers union, saying she was disappointed that the union was taking "such a strong stance." (The union unsuccessfully urged the board to postpone its decision until Tuesday.)
"In my mind right now, what we're talking about is to have a seat at the table," she said. "Bottom line is, we're talking about our teachers, our teachers, our teachers, our teachers. Our teachers are important. But the most important thing is the success of the students."
"I really really really am disappointed that it seems as though the union is choosing to go into a different direction when we should be coming together," she continued. "And I guess since I have been on this board, every time something has come up that deals with looking at pay for performance ... we couldn't come to agreement."
"We don't know if the state of Florida is going to get this grant or not ... (but) surely if the union is going to fight it, we might not get it," she also said. "We're doing an awful lot of talking about something that we don't really know what we're going to have."
"If we are going to have a system that is going to work for the children, we have to look at it. If what we're doing now isn't working, we need to look at what changes are needed, and not be afraid of the changes. I am for this."