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Bitter Criticism and Some Caution from Flagler School Officials on State’s Teacher Rankings

| February 25, 2014

The Flagler and Florida Education Association, the state’s teachers union, is criticizing the state’s so-called “value-added model” that presumes to rate teachers’ effectiveness, calling the data “flawed.” Many teachers and a Flagler County School Board member are also critical of the data, but for varying reasons, while Flagler’s superintendent cautions against making too much of the numbers.

Flagler’s Teachers Still Waiting on Their $1,900 Raise as District and Union Negotiate Contract

| October 10, 2013

Flagler’s teachers are in the same situation as teachers in 53 other counties where negotiations with unions have delayed the raises. A sticking point in Flagler: the district wants the authority to renegotiate annual “step” raises, while the union wants those step increases to continue to be awarded automatically, as they have been to date.

Sequestering Florida’s Children And Their Schools

| March 4, 2013

The across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, will slow our economic recovery and cost upwards of a million jobs nationally. But here in Florida, the sequestration knife cuts especially deep, particularly in the already underfunded field of public education, writes Katie Hansen.

Flagler’s Teachers Union President on FCAT, The GOP, and High-Stakes Misconceptions

| June 28, 2012

Katie Hansen, president of Flagler County’s teachers union, forcefully argues against FCAT’s culture of high-stakes testing and false but pervasive notions that unions protect bad teachers and contribute only to Democrats.

From “I’m Not a Dog” To Compromising Bullets as Teachers Union and District Negotiate

| March 12, 2012

After recriminations and a particularly insulting whistle from the district’s lead negotiator, the two sides appeared headed for compromise over the one issue–how teachers are to be evaluated–keeping the district from approving the 2012-13 teachers contract.

Seeking Thaw, Flagler School Board Pleads Its Case Against Teachers’ Charge of “Bad Faith”

| March 11, 2012

School Board member Colleen Conklin and Superintendent Janet Valentine explain why the controversy over a controversial provision in teachers’ contract doesn’t tell the whole story.

Trust-Busting: Union Angered as Flagler School Board Rescinds Its Vote on Teachers’ Contract

| March 7, 2012

Negotiations are back to zero and mutual trust damaged as the Flagler County School Board said it could not legally approve the contract, as it mistakenly did two weeks ago, by carving out a controversial portion of it dealing with teacher evaluations.

Flagler School Board Balks Over New Teacher Contract; Union President Calls It “Bad Faith”

| February 21, 2012

After a closed-door meeting, the Flagler school board ratified a new contract with its teacher union minus a crucial portion defining teacher evaluations, causing a breach with the union just as the two sides are planning next school year.

Flagler School Board Defends Its Own Budget Cutting, Batting Down Most Alternatives

| May 17, 2011

The county’s teacher and service employee unions and the tea party all questioned the way the district went about preparing next year’s budget, but without changing the district’s direction.

District and Teachers’ Union Seal Crucial Agreement on Vast Cuts and Shorter Days

| April 18, 2011

More than tree and a half hours into their latest bargaining session, the union and the Flagler County school district were almost ready to agree to cuts that would eliminate 40 teachers, shorten school days and save $3.5 million next year.

Far Apart, School Unions and Flagler District Negotiators Still Looking for a Common Page

| April 7, 2011

After two sessions on Wednesday, negotiators only agreed to meet again in mid-April to discuss clearer, fresher budget numbers before negotiating proposed cuts of $3.5 million that would affect most employees and students in the district.

Rally Draws Out Teachers, Supporters and Honks. Lawmakers May Not Be Listening.

| March 8, 2011

Some 150 teachers and other school employees and supporters lined Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast, one of dozens such rallies across the state, hours before Gov. Rick Scott rebuffed them by telling lawmakers: “Don’t blink.”

Impasse Over: Teacher and Service Unions Win Salary Concessions from Flagler School District

| December 7, 2010

Five days earlier the unions had declared an impasse. The deal will cost the school district an extra $1.2 million this year and $2.4 million a year beginning next year.


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