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Legislation will drive away our best teachers

We expect schoolteachers to be drawn to the job by a desire to shape young minds and a passion for nurturing the less gifted.

We certainly don't expect them to be motivated by high pay.

But if our state Legislature directly ties merit pay to students' test performance, it's going to drive away the profession's very best. Greater accountability, if needed, should rise from the suggestions of experts after much due diligence, not from state representatives struggling with budget deficits. …

Marco Rubio challenged Gov. Charlie Crist during a debate Sunday, saying Floridians should ask, "Are they better off than they were four years ago?"

But Rubio served as speaker of the House 2006-2008. He has to share the responsibility for our current woes.

Seen on a bumper sticker: I'm A PBS Mind In An MTV World. …

Eric Durham first caught my attention with some unique posters he plastered around town. Now, his documentary about a search for redemption after a life of crime debuts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Channelside Theater. …

If you're interested in being blown away by the brilliance of some of the University of South Florida's best students, check out the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall Center. …

About three years ago, I set out to write a column on some of Tampa's more down-to-earth bars and met a couple on their first date at the Hub. I wrote then that Jordanna Boodhoo and Chris Sommer might someday get married, but who knew?

Boodhoo wrote last week to say they tied the knot in Naples in a small ceremony, with a bigger event to follow next year. Maybe every first date should stop in at the Hub.

That's all I'm saying.

Legislation will drive away our best teachers 03/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 28, 2010 8:02pm]
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