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We really do. That's why, in addition to our Gradebook blog, we just rolled out a Facebook page that we invite you to join, and contribute to. Let's keep those spirited conversations going (and those story tips rolling in.)

That said, here's what happened in social media over the weekend.

The Whistleblower, an anonymous Facebook personality who has amassed a large audience for his critiques of the Hillsborough County School Board and administration, suggested that disgruntled employees stage a sickout. In a three-question survey, he also asked if they would chip in $20 each so he could charter buses to bring them to an upcoming School Board meeting.

Not so fast, posted Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, executive director of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

"While we support collective action, strikes, including an organized sick out are not legal in Florida," she wrote. "Moreover, teachers and support personnel are frequently troubled by this type of action because ultimately it is your students that suffer."

Other union leaders also posted about the consequences that might hit if, say, 10,000 teachers called in on a Monday morning with the flu.

In the meantime, we're waiting for word about those contract talks -- and, of course, the next Gibson efficiency report.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 11:43am]


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