Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:00 am
As the spring semester winds down around the country, one teacher, Gerald Conti, is not going quietly.
Conti is retiring from Westhill High School in Syracuse, NY at the end of this school year and his resignation letter has become a manifesto for critics of the Common Core.
Tony Bennett drove from Indiana over the weekend to start his first day as schools chief in Florida on Monday.
Last month the State Board of Education hired Bennett, a Republican who served as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for one term.
He lost his re-election bid there after Democrat Glenda Ritz organized a grassroots campaign with help from the teachers union.
Bennett was viewed by some as being too aggressive towards teachers and not showing enough compassion when he pushed new policies, such as merit pay.
Under a higher education plan now developing in Florida, you’d pay a lot more for a standard liberal arts degree than for one in science or the technologies.
It's Gov. Rick Scott's way of encouraging people to study for high-demand, economy-building careers.