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DEMOCRACY? Think About What Has Just Happened In Miami-Dade County

July 25, 2013

Florida Public Employees


Message from our friends at the Kendall Federation of Homeowners Association

To the 10,001 Miamians and Pets’ Trust Supporters:

The regularly scheduled July 30th meeting for the Board of County Commissioners has been canceled!  Mayor Gimenez sent out a memo seeking seven votes to cancel that meeting, which would have been the last chance to discuss the millage issue.  He did get seven commissioners to agree with him.

Our votes have been dismissed and our voices have been silenced.

I would like you to share this far and wide, and say it over and over…

“Our votes have been dismissed and our voices have been silenced

The “elected” officials that have made this decision … work for us.  They have forgotten.  Please continue to call and REMIND THEM that they work for you.  They work for me.  They work for US.

Commissioner Barreiro, Sosa, Suarez, Bell, Bovo, Zapata and Souto took our voices away and signed the Mayor’s memo.

We won the vote overwhelmingly and they said…  “not enough”.

Then, we spoke about it.  They didn’t listen.

We wanted one more chance.

The door was closed.

That is all I am going to say at the moment.  I want you to think about what has happened.

Think about what America is supposed to be.

Michael Rosenberg

President Pets’ Trust Miami

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Carlos A. Gimenez, Office of the Mayor
Mayor’s Personal secretary: 305-375-1880
Alina T. Hudak, Deputy Mayor305 375

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, The Board of County Commissioners (BCC), are the people elected in 13 districts to represent you. Because our government is strengthened by civic participation and increased involvement from our citizens.

District 5 – Bruno A. Barreiro305-375-5924305-375-5904

District 8 – Lynda Bell305-375-5218

District 6 – Rebeca Sosa305-375-5696

District 10 – Javier D. Souto305-375-4835

District 7 – Xavier L. Suarez305-669-4003

District 11 – Juan C. Zapata305-375-5511

District 13 – Esteban Bovo, Jr.305-375-4831

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Court Ruling Puts Part of Parent Trigger at Risk

March 16, 2013

Provided to Florida Public Employees

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Within current parent trigger legislation is a provision which requires parents be notified if their child’s teacher has been rated as “ineffective” for two straight years. But a Tallahassee circuit court judge’s ruling yesterday raised doubts about using the value-added data which would make such determinations. Florida Times-Union reporter Topher Sanders has this:

A circuit judge in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida’s value-added teacher data is not a public record, but the Times-Union plans to appeal his decision in its lawsuit against the state.

Judge John Cooper on Monday signed the order presented by the Department of Education and the Florida Education Association, which had successfully argued that all materials that make up an evaluation are exempt for a year.

“We’re disappointed in the judge’s ruling, but not surprised,” Times-Union Editor Frank Denton said Tuesday. “We certainly will appeal and believe we will prevail at the higher level.”

Denton said the public has a right to the material and the paper has a responsibility to pursue the information.

The newspaper’s appeal will go to the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the state’s teachers union, referred the Times-Union to the union’s attorney, Ron Meyer, but his office was closed Tuesday evening

Because the value-added data is developed from an average of three years, Cooper’s order would mean the public would have access only to value-added data that’s at least four years old.

The Times-Union had argued that because the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test data used to calculate value-added figures is public, and the value-added formula is public, the result created when the state crunches the data for teachers should not be exempt.

Value-added is the difference between the learning growth a student makes in a teacher’s class and the statistical predicted learning growth the student should have earned based on previous performance. The state uses the most recent three years of data to develop a teacher’s average value-added score.

The value-added calculation is half of a teacher’s total evaluation. The other half comes from observations made by principals and other personnel.

Even Bill Gates, the most influential value-added proponent recommends it not be made public and it’s inclusion  in Parent Trigger is both odd and hasty. Even Florida proponents of using value-added data to rate teacher realize the current system is flawed and needs work. They know it’s not ready.

The legality of making teacher evaluation rankings public puts a key portion of Parent Trigger legislation at risk. The wisdom of including such stipulations in legislation intended to address the future of a school appeared disconnected in the first place. As their legislative colleagues understand that  value-added data from SB 736 isn’t ready for prime time, Parent Triggers sponsors, Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Carlos Trujillo, would demonstrate significant acuity and goodwill in withdrawing this portion of the bill.

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