Will Rick Scott's War on Teachers Backfire?

Slow news day, investigating corruption story, so here are some random observations: 

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Be very afraid
​-- Florida Gov. Rick Scott's war on public schools and teachers stinks -- and it will likely backfire on him in a big way. He wants to cut teachers' salaries by 5 percent while at the same time putting more tax dollars into private schools. Suddenly, Charlie Crist looks like one of the greatest statesmen in Florida history. You get the idea that Scott figures he's going to be a one-termer and is just trying to get away with as much as possible while he's still in the seat. 

-- The Miami Heat have gone off the rails and have apparently taken to crying in the locker room about it. Readers know how I've felt about Erik Spoelstra all along, but having Pat Riley's mini-me at the helm is just one of the problems. Right now you feel like the heart and soul of the squad, D-Wade, is off-kilter. Gotta make him the lead dog again and let the team go where it may behind him. Worked in 2006. 

-- Fort Lauderdale's own David Cassidy was ramrodded last night (and not in a good way) on that Celebrity Apprentice show by the terrible Richard Hatch. It was pretty sad, as Cassidy kept whining about alleged physical abuse from the larger Hatch, looked for help from the odd Jose Canseco like he was his big brother, and couldn't get much support in the fundraising department. His low point must have been when he complained to Trump that Hatch was an egomaniac. Had Cassidy forgotten that he was appealing to one of the most boorish megalomaniacs on the planet? Of course, Trump quickly showed Cassidy the door as his first fire. At least the former teen idol came off as a decent fellow, which is more than you'll ever say for Trump or Hatch, who seem made for each other.

--  Inside, a look at how the Palm Beach Post is blending advertisements in with editorial content in a new -- and totally insidious -- way.
Check out the Palm Beach home page: 

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You see mixed in with the top stories -- about the heartbreaking Nubia murder case, a young homicide victim being identified, and the like -- you get a headline for a "huge buying event" at a local gold shop.  

That was Sunday. Here's the website today: 

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It's seamless: The ad, while clearly marked, has been put on the same plane as the news. The last headline is the ridiculous "Koch's School a hit!"

You may not think much of this, but the Post is definitely breaking down a significant wall here -- and it's a new place to be. Camouflaging advertisements as news is a slippery slope that ultimately could hurt the newspaper's credibility.  

But hey, it might help monetize the internet hits, so it must be a good thing, right? 

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Suckitscott
Suckitscott

AAAAIIEEEEEE....what's with those nobody-does-crazy-like-whitey eyes!!! Dude needs to start wearing sunglasses or something cause those damn things are too FREAKY!

burninshore
burninshore

Teacher merit pay just passed its first hurdle today. It's basically the same bill that charlie vetoed last year.

Rayboyusmc
Rayboyusmc

The Wisconsin Walker is trying to do the same thing. What he hasn't said is that the public payroll there is only 8.5% of the budget. How the hell are you going to balance the budget on that? I bet ours is about the same percent.

This isn't about a budget shortfall this is more anti union anti worker crap from the right to continue to make this a country of and for the rich. Think about it. Scott got 10 million in cash, 300 million in stock and one million a year as a consultant from the company that fired him and he is bitching about our teachers making 50,000 a year?

Wake up middle class. This is about continuing the Reagan trickled on theory and making the rich richer, the poor poorer and the middle class needing a proctologist.

Just Askin'
Just Askin'

What's the latest on those fast friends, the toilet seat trio of Cindi Hutchinson, Glen Wright and Steve Goldstrom? Are they copping pleas? Are more charges pending. Did Cindi get sacked from her cushy Riverwalk Trust job or was she allowed to "resign"?

Linda Rawls
Linda Rawls

I am canceling my home-delivery subscription to The Post immediately. This is the last straw. I say that every time I cancel (this will be the third time -- and this time I mean it.) Please keep telling the truth. There aren't many of you left. Linda Rawls

Themugs
Themugs

A 5% salary cut is a "war on teachers"? Total garbage. Like many in the private sector I would have welcomed only a 5% cut in the last several years.

Scott is hardly anyone's idea of a statesman, but overblown rhetoric about "wars" does you no justice either.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Max Headroom is all I can think of, when I look at that pic above. Wisconsin is the test bed for Florida and Max.

Mitch Seizure
Mitch Seizure

Elections have consequences. We won. Crush the public employee unions.

Guest
Guest

There's a new Pulp article

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

Bob,

The Post is despirate. They're struggling. You knew it was coming to an end for them when they subcontracted the printing of the paper out to the Sun Sentinel. Tribune Co problems aside, the Sentinel will be the tri-county area's paper in the future because the Post and the Herald will be gone. All hail the Slantinel!

Christy
Christy

Rick Scott put the money into the 3-8 year old children. If a child can read well and comprehend what he is reading he/she will be a good student. Many of the public schools kids didn't get a solid reading foundation which spills over into all classes. Catch the kids before 4th grade. Foundation, Foundation, Foundation. Boot out the bad teachers and raise the pay of the exceptional teachers.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Boo Hoo. Wah Wah. People with life time tenure, who work 8 months a year in a indoor job with no heavy lifting take a 5% pay cut for a job they are lousy at. Go Rickster!!!

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

First of all I agree with this whole voucher system is a crock of shit in plain English. why should my tax dollars go to send your chilfdren to private schools. When i was a kid if you lived in th eghetto ,you went to school in the ghetto. I mean all this money going to sendind thes ekids to private ,or Charterd schools is absurd. Tak ethat money and improve are public schools. enough.

Christy
Christy

Heat needs a 7 foot hero. They did well in 2006 because of Shaq. They need a better point guard, 7 footer big man. Cryin isn't going to help them any.

Go Celtics!

CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

If my friend SWR who I really didn't know that well, he was just an acquaintance. I would be #1 he would see to that.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I posted the following on November 28, 2010 on The Daily Pulp. It was before they went on the 21/22 streak and I stand behind this analysis 100%.

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Pulp:

I don't care if the Heat get Riley, Red Auerbach and John Wooden to coach. They simply do not have the talent to match up with the best teams in the league.

They still do not have a true point guard and have a very small front court.

I think Dwayne Wade has been exposed this season as someone who has a difficult time playing within the team concept. When they won the title, Wade was benefitting from the double teams on Shaq down low, and he went off for sure. However, he has been exposed as an average to below average shooter. His talent lies in his physical moves to the hoop, but without a talented big man to create space down low, he is a limited player.

I see no way possible for the Heat to match up this season with the Celtics and Lakers. Both teams have more "overall" talent.

I'm sure the Heat will bounce back and play much better, but they still have enormous personnel holes to fill.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

If by "off kilter", you mean Wade still does not play consistent defense and leaves his feet too often on offense without knowing where the ball is going, then I would agree. He is off kilter.

For every circus shot he makes, there is a corresponding turnover. I'll stick to my analysis which I posted months ago.

"Too many chefs in the kitchen".

Themugs
Themugs

So you were the one that still had a subscription! I was wondering who it was.

burninshore
burninshore

The 5% cut is only a portion of it. Teachers haven't had any type of wage increase for 3 years and counting now. We have to negotiate every year just to increase a step (not a raise but a level equal to years in). I have worked the last 3 years yet I am stuck in 2007 wages. Our health care (thanks Kraft) keeps increasing yet it is the same as fire dept. and police dept. (their excuse is because teachers use it more). Creative class counts in every school to skirt the law (endorsed by our School Board). It's the rank and file taking the heat while we were not part of any of the decisions being made. And lastly, I just love the fact when I read comments like, "I'm tired of my tax dollars going to these lazy teachers" and "Get used to it like us in the private sector" Well, WE TEACHERS are also tax payers so we essentially pay ourselves, and WE chose security over prosperity. Don't cry now that your cash cow has dried up. I never heard a peep from any of you while the economy was riding high. Blame the top because frankly the only thing that has flowed south has been the crap coming out their mouths.

still sick of it
still sick of it

I dunno. I just googled Max Headroom images....and his eyes are much more normal than the guv's. Seeing whites all the way around the irises so much of the time is supposed to be indicative of something weird, isn't it?

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Who is we? Paint a picture of yourself for future reference.

CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

VirgilDidn't Wade lose his restaurant business, he also was never a chef.

"Too many chefs in the kitchen".

Themugs
Themugs

I've no issue with your complaints - everyone has the right to advocate for their position.

I'm just pointing out that Scott's 5% cut is hardly a "war" on teachers.

Believe me I'm no Scott fan - how the guy became Gov is a complete mystery to me.

Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse

I can't stand the Heat, so I better get out of the kitchen.

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