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Florida teachers fighting against what? Assume you are referring to the FL teacher union? Are you saying that teachers would be against getting help in schools? Where are you hearing that?

I “assume” those same union leaders are also against merit pay for teachers as well. I “assume” many unions leaders agreed with the NEA about keeping schools closed as recently as four months ago. Neither items are good for teachers or students.
And it is pretty clear you did not even take a look at even the title of the article we are discussing before claiming that you have all the facts.

If only you read as well as you assumed.

Here, the title of the article linked above that started this discussion:
Florida Teachers Slam Bill Allowing Veterans to Teach With No Degree
 

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Florida’s public schools are a melting pot, with students of myriad races learning in classrooms.

But the state’s teaching force doesn’t match that diversity.

Across the state, nearly 70 percent of public school teachers are white, yet only 37 percent of students in classrooms are white, according to a Phoenix analysis of 2018-19 data from the Florida Department of Education.



So, if letting in not quite finished teachers is the solution, why not expand it to include underrepresented minorities and not just vets?

Everyone keeping their same position on helping teachers and schools with that addition to the program?
 
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And it is pretty clear you did not even take a look at even the title of the article we are discussing before claiming that you have all the facts.

If only you read as well as you assumed.

Here, the title of the article linked above that started this discussion:
Florida Teachers Slam Bill Allowing Veterans to Teach With No Degree
I am now not sure if you are being serious or trolling. Because you obviously did not open the link and instead just read the headline.

The article you listed quoted two TikTok videos (that is your sum total of Florida teachers slamming the bill in the article). The TikTok videos are not even mutually exclusive and actually reference each other (in fact one quotes the other) and one is not even a current teacher.

BTW, Alternative Teaching Certification programs are in the majority of states. Those programs are incredibly successful. They are run to great success in most red states and blue states.

EDIT: It also appears this bill had overwhelming majority support ( near unanimous) across both aisles.
 
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Right now there’s a shortage of good talent in other industries and the pricing for that talent is going through the roof. Very sad that teacher salaries aren’t market based. But allowing unqualified people to fill those roles isn’t going to help the market rate.
 

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finally!...taxing the billionaire!...

Winner Of $1.28 Billion Lottery Gets $433.7 Million After Tax forbes

Someone in Illinois bought the winning ticket, and if he or she does like most winners, they will take the lump sum, not the annuity. The $1.28 billion prize, which is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions lottery history, can be claimed in a lump sum or over time. The 1.28 billion is only if you take it over time, but if you want it all now, you get $747.2 million.

Yet like most things, even that lower cash figure gets whittled down by the IRS. In fact, lottery winnings are taxed, with the IRS taking up to 37%. Curiously, though, only 24% is withheld and sent directly to the government. The winning cash prize of $747,200,000 after the 24% IRS withholding tax, drops to $567,872,000. But the winner shouldn’t spend all that. After all, the federal income tax rate goes up to 37%, and you can assume that the winner is in the top 37% bracket. Well, many hundreds of millions of dollars into the top tax bracket, as it turns out.

The spread between the 24% withholding tax rate and the 37% tax rate on these numbers is another whopping $97,136,000 in tax. That’s a big check to write on April 15th. Since the tax withholding rate on lottery winnings is only 24%, some lottery winners do not plan ahead, and can have trouble paying their taxes when they file their tax returns the year after they win.

That’s one reason the winner should bank some of the money to be sure they have it on April 15th. If you add the 24% withholding tax plus the 13% extra tax the winner will pay April 15th together, you get a federal tax of $276,464,000. And the cash the winner has left is $470,736,000. Then, depending on whether the winner’s state taxes lottery winnings, you may have to add state taxes too.

The ticket was purchased in Illinois, and Illinois has a 4.95% state income tax, so that lops off another about $37 million in tax. In rough numbers, assuming the winner is an Illinois resident, that should mean the winner takes home about $433.7 million. That’s huge, but it’s a far cry from being a billionaire.