Robert Avossa’s Dirty Game
Palm Beach Superintendent Robert Avossa recently tweeted out that he loved his teachers. His actions tell a different tale.
As teachers sit down with their district for negotiations, Avossa has made a few demands. First, the district wants to require all secondary teachers to teach an extra class. He wants them to have less time to call parents, lesson plan and grade papers. Those in the classroom realize that time for contractual duties is already tight as teachers are often pulled into ESE meetings or PLC meetings during their “planning period.” Oh, did I mention that teachers are often called to proctor local and state tests between 10-15 times a year?
Schools have long tried to get teachers to teach an extra period because it means they might not have to actually hire another teacher. Of course the pay for the extra class is insultingly low.
Secondly, Avossa wants to put PLC meetings into the contract. As I have written about before – these illegal meetings are already being required by many schools and Avossa has done nothing to stop them. The Board knows this and the local union knows this, but sans legal action – they will not act.
Is there an offer for raises? Nope. At the last bargaining meeting the CFO for the district was absent so that topic was conveniently tabled.
As teachers suffer through loss of planning time, illegal duties and massive local testing – those in the district live in a fantasy world of café lunches and bloated salaries. Teachers live in a script written by Dickens. The Super and his minions live in a script written by Robert Owen.
“There is always Joker to see through the delusion. Generation succeeds generation, but there is a fool walking the earth who is never ravaged by time.”
― Jostein Gaarder,