Re: Exams to take place of FCAT | story, April 21
Replacing FCAT will benefit all
As the mother of Pinellas County schoolchildren (thank goodness the last one graduates this year), I hoped that someone would have looked at how poor our college entrance and graduation rates were during the FCAT reign of terror. Strong students probably did well, but average students were pushed to pass the FCAT through remedial courses and then could not pass the SAT, as they did not have all the needed courses.
As a Democrat I say, Gov. Charlie Crist, you did at least two good things during your term, but shame on all of you who supported the FCAT so that the corporation that created it got wealthy at the expense of our children's education.
Diane Pearson, Dunedin
Re: Paycheck Fairness Act may finally close the gender gap | column, April 18
Pay equality act deserves support
First of all, I would like to thank Diane Steinle for the wonderful column. She reminded all of us how long women have worked to obtain equal pay with men. It has taken us 40 years to reach 77 cents for every dollar for a man. The first bill signed by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January 2009. Now, we need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives already has passed, but for some reason, the Senate is dragging its feet.
An intelligent, educated person would have to agree that equal pay for equal work is a given. Yet I watched as two elected Pinellas County commissioners refused to sign the Proclamation for Equal Pay Day. It was signed by the other five members of the County Commission because they believe in equal pay. Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock have been elected by the citizens of Pinellas County and should believe in equality for all. Yet they refused to sign the proclamation. What a slap in the face of every woman in Pinellas County to have this done to them.
Women in Pinellas County need to remember this at election time.
Margaret Hyde, Clearwater