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Pasco teacher writes protest song, puts it on YouTube

Teacher Wayne D’Anunzio’s song is about the attempt to reform education in state.

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Teacher Wayne D’Anunzio’s song is about the attempt to reform education in state.

BAYONET POINT — Wayne D'Anunzio is one of the first to agree that some teachers don't belong in Florida's public schools.

"Most of us work really hard," says D'Anunzio, a teacher of gifted programs at Bayonet Point Middle School. "But there are some who don't and need to be eliminated. I'm in favor of that."

Not the way the Florida Legislature is going about it, though.

Senate Bill 6 isn't acceptable in its broad reach, D'Anunzio said. The measure has him so riled, he felt the need to do something to get others agitated too.

So he wrote a protest song and posted it on YouTube, where it's slowly gaining some attention.

"I've been playing guitar since I was about 17. … I write poetry," said D'Anunzio, 45, who has degrees in literature, filmmaking and education. "All of these events in Tallahassee really made me say, I should get some sort of rallying song together."

With Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around as an inspiration, D'Anunzio put himself in the shoes of a lawmaker pushing the bill down the throats of Florida's lawmakers. The result: Let's Legislate.

He sings: "We're gonna straighten up this crooked mess,/ We, the GOP, and all the rest. / Goodbye benefits, tenure and summer rest./ We'll base your job and pay on some silly test./ Just a two-hour exam once a year at best."

D'Anunzio put the words to some toe-tapping country, to make it accessible. And he hopes that people will sing along and get the message that teachers shouldn't have to take what the Legislature is handing out.

"I don't know if it will do any good. But we have to stop the Legislature," D'Anunzio said. "I want to do more. What can you say to someone who is closed-minded, though?"

D'Anunzio plans to attend a protest against Senate Bill 6 at Rep. John Legg's office in New Port Richey this afternoon. He expects to bring his guitar.

Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at solochek@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4614. For more education news, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.

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