Putting Education Reform To The Test

Why A Lake County Band Director Is Leaving Florida For Connecticut

Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie tells the story of a Lake County band director who is leaving a successful program for more pay and more respect in Connecticut. Teachers won’t say it, Ritchie writes, but good teachers leave Florida because of the focus on testing, low pay and and an unwillingness to allow professionals to do their job without interference.

This is the story of one teacher’s journey of passion, and unfortunately for students in Lake County, the trail leads far from here. Those who understand education have long been warning that the best teachers eventually will leave if they remain chronically underpaid and routinely subjected to Kafkaesque testing requirements.

Read more at: www.orlandosentinel.com

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