The Leon Classroom Teachers’ Association proudly leads the way for professional educators in the public schools of Leon County . The association offers first class leadership training and professional development, public policy and professional issues advocacy, expert legal representation and access to a host of professional benefits and services available only to its members. As a member of LCTA you are also a member of its regional, state and national affiliates—the Big Bend Service Unit (BBSU), the Florida Education Association (FEA), the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO. This unified association status entitles our members to all the privileges, benefits and services available through each of these larger affiliates.
We believe association membership is a professionally wise and worthwhile investment—your ticket to professional success!
Making Common Core Standards Work before Making Them Count
I cannot say this more simply: We are committed to the success of our students. That means getting the transition to Common Core standards right. Thatís why today I am calling for a moratorium on the stakes associated with Common Core assessments. I am proposing that states and districts work with educators to develop clear tasks and a clear timeline to put in place the crucial elements of Common Core implementation. And until then, the tests should be decoupled from decisions that could unfairly hurt students, schools and teachers. When scores drop as sharply as theyíre expected to, it will send an inexcusable message to parents: Your child is far from meeting the standards. And she needs to meet the standards to get into college. But we donít have a plan, and nobodyís accountable for getting her there. Except for the teacher, who hasnít been trained. And you can just imagine how that teacher feels.