Down goes MAP, down goes MAP
Drumroll please ... And the final tally for district acceptance or rejection of the MAP performance-pay plan is ... 21 yes, 46 no.
Well, that's not exactly final, but it's close, with the numbers coming to The Gradebook compliments of Max Schmidt, executive director of the Florida School Labor Relations Service, which surveyed every district. (Click here to see the tally by district.) Yesterday was the deadline for districts to submit MAP plans to the Department of Education, but since DOE officials could not provide The Gradebook with totals Tuesday we turned to other sources.
Schmidt noted some districts still have not come to an agreement on MAP with their local unions, so by the time the dust clears there might be even more districts in the nay column. Meanwhile, the Florida Education Association scores it 13 for MAP, 48 against, six undecided. Either way, a knockout for teachers, no?
So what happened? Last spring, in response to a tsunami of teacher fury, lawmakers asked teachers, principals, superintendents and other education stakeholders to give their input on a new performance pay plan to replace the last one, STAR. The result: Lawmakers earned kudos from the teachers union and others for setting a more inclusive tone; the fury spawned by STAR vanished; and MAP was born. But, if lawmakers got input from teachers, why is MAP now so full of arrows? And if teachers hate MAP so much, where was the outrage during the session?