The Floyd County Association of Educators released a survey Friday showing that teachers, parents, and community members strongly support maintaining the Fair Dismissal Act to ensure that we retain high-quality teachers for our students. Here are some of the key results:
- Eighty-eight percent of respondents believe that the loss of fair dismissal in local policy will have a negative impact on the children and increase the likelihood that excellent teachers will seek employment in other school systems
- Eighty-nine percent believe that Local School Governance Teams should recommend that educators’ constitutional due process rights under the Fair Dismissal Act, including the right to appeal to the State Board of Education, should remain
- Eighty-nine percent believe the school board should vote to protect educators constitutional due process rights under the Fair Dismissal Act, including the right to appeal to the State Board of education
“Our Association wanted to give Floyd County teachers, parents, and community members a chance to share their opinions about the impact of the school board potentially eliminating Fair Dismissal rights for educators through this survey.” said Angie Yancy, president of the Floyd County Association of Educators. “We were overwhelmed at how strong the support was to maintain the current policy to ensure that our students continue to receive a high quality public education in our county. Our hope is that the Floyd County School Board will listen to the voices of the community and not put our public education system at risk of losing excellent educators.”
“The fight for fair dismissal rights of educators conitnues across Georgia and we truly hope the members of the Floyd County Board look at the importance of providing such a policy for their dedicated and hardworking teachers,” said Dr. Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators.
The online survey was conducted from February 9, 2016 through March 23, 2016. 256 residents completed the survey. Results of the survey are attached to this release. Two hundred and fifty-six residents completed the survey. Click here for survey results.