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Seminoles, Spaniards versus British/Anglo/Colonial Power and Slavery

// Post by Shawn Beightol. Just read this powerful essay from 1839 (The Voice of Freedom, a Vermont Anti-Slavery Newspaper) which powerfully places the blame for the Seminole Wars (3 of them: 1818, 1837, and 1858) as a product of … Continue reading

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Bogus Graduation Rates in Miami-Dade County (Public Schools)

Let’s be clear: Fraud is being perpetrated on the public. Miami Dade College says Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ graduates have dropped in their college readiness by 18%. Fully 72% of MDC incoming students are UNPREPARED for basic college courses this year.
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Is Pressure to Increase School Grades Resulting in Graduation Requirements Shenanigans in MDCPS?

Shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=693 Graduation Shenanigans? Dear Colleague Welcome to the Summer!  I’m so glad we made it another year.  I know it’s been some time since I’ve communicated this way, but recent events have led me to reach out to you again. … Continue reading

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Miami-Dade Elected School Boards Have an Obligation to Know the Educational Laws Governing Their Domain: FCAT Data IS NOT the Only Option by Which to Judge Teachers

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=685 Upon challenging the MDCPS school board at the January 15th MDCPS Board Meeting to direct their staff to implement more appropriate teacher evaluation methods other than FCAT Reading and Math for all teachers (including Chemistry, Calculus, PE, Art, … Continue reading

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Say No to Inappropriate VAM Use by MDCPS at Next Board Meeting, Wed, Jan 15, 5 PM

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=679 Please feel free to forward this: I am asking you to join me and other teachers to voice our opposition to the current and unnecessary utilization of VAM for teachers not teaching state assessed subjects.at the Wednesday January … Continue reading

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A Well Kept Florida Secret: What a Great Teacher Looks/Performs Like: Florida Administrative Code 6A-5.065, “Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP)”

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=656 While researching the reported egregious behavior of a particular administrator in Miami-Dade County “camping out” in a teacher’s classroom for 4 hours (FOUR!!! perhaps the one in need of professional help wasn’t the teacher but the administrator?) to “observe” … Continue reading

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VAM Necessitates Teacher’s Knowledge of Their Rights and Authority to Maintain a Respectable Learning Environment

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=649 Most teachers (and school bus drivers) are ignorant that under Florida Law they are considered the most crucial person in the safety and education of the children for the simple reason they are the primary contacts. We are … Continue reading

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Tallahassee’s Funding is like “Mexican Pesos” – Albert Carvalho, Urging His Raise Which is 1/2 Tallahassee’s Recommended Raise

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=625 Dear board members: I will repeat my requests to you that I made at the Wednesdays board meeting, a meeting that was an embarrassment to me. Not because I was ridiculed (being the only one who spoke to … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Board Members on Why the Proposed UTD/MDCPS Contract Addendum of Nov 2013 Should NOT Be Ratified

Short Link: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=620 Dear Board Members: I know that tomorrow you are slated to vote in the new MDCPS/UTD contract. The problems I see with this contract are 1)  I do not believe the net recurring increase (RAISE vs bonus) … Continue reading

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Sequel to Prior Blog: So Fla’s Insurance Rates LOWEST, yet MDCPS’ rates will be DOUBLE national average: Corporate Tactics to Push You to ACA’s Health Exchanges

Short link:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=596 In an area where our rates will be lowest next year, MDCPS jacks the premiums and out of pockets/costs through the roof. Why? to push you out and into ACA’s health exchanges (see latter quotes for details … Continue reading

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