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Palm Beach County teachers head to Tallahassee on Monday to rally for public education

Dozens of Palm Beach County public school teachers and supporters gathered early Monday morning to head to Tallahassee to participate in the "Take on Tallahassee" rally for public education.
Posted at 6:22 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 19:08:14-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — Dozens of Palm Beach County public school teachers and supporters traveled to Tallahassee on Monday to rally for public education.

Teachers from across the state descended on our state's Capitol just one day before Florida’s Legislative session begins.

The teachers said they're focusing on several issues including overall funding, teacher pay, teacher shortages, and local control for school districts.

Leaders of the Classroom Teachers Association in Palm Beach County said around 200 teachers, retirees, and supporters are participating in the "Take On Tallahassee" rally.

Teachers who went to Tallahassee had to use a personal day to miss work.

Edith Pride, a Boca Raton Elementary School teacher, is passionate about her mission.

"You don’t tell the doctor how to do his job or the lawyer how to do their job, but you want to dictate to teachers who have gone to school, who know what to do, who work with children every day, how to do our job?" said Pride. "Stay in your lane and I promise we’ll stay in ours."

"We’re ready. We’re geared up to tell the Legislature that we need more money for more schools, safety for our kids, and overall, we just need some help to fund public schools," said Michelle Pringle, a teacher at Pioneer Park Elementary School in Belle Glade.

WPTV's Meghan McRoberts traveled with teachers from the Treasure Coast and will have coverage of the rally throughout the day.