The Board of Trustees of Edison State College have called a special meeting scheduled to take place at 10 am on the Lee County Campus in Building AA Room 177. Four new trustees will be in attendance, Brian G. Chapman Jr., Marjorie Starnes-Bilotti, Pamella A. Seay and Sankey “Eddie” Webb III. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the trustees for their desire to serve the state of Florida and Edison State College. (continue reading…)
We have decided to host complaint filed by Dr. Atkins to the EEOC originally obtained from the Fort Myers News-Press. The original location here. Our copy can be viewed here:
This document and others can also be accessible on our document page.
“I can’t conduct the business of the college in the media, and I don’t understand why they won’t follow procedures to get their concerns addressed.”
UPDATE: The board of trustees voted last night not to terminate Dr. Beeson’s employment. Dr. Beeson still remains on leave for now.
We have just received information that Dr. Walker has fired Dr. Robert Beeson, Lee Campus VP Of Instruction, District Dean. If you have been following this story many of you will remember that Dr. Beeson reported his feelings on racial discrimination in Edison State College hiring practices with Dr. Steve Atkins. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet later today, it is our hope they can end this craziness once and for all.
We have silently followed the salary negotiations between the Edison State College administration and faculty. The local press has done a commendable job of keeping the public informed of the progress, or more to the point lack of progress in these proceedings, however we feel they are unable to offer the unique perspective that only our contributors can. The articles in local publications report on the facts of the ongoing negotiations but they never really get to the root cause of why this disagreement is occurring. To the casual news reader this dispute looks very much like many other labor disputes in America today.
More to come when we get out of this meeting.
This was submitted via email by a very respected professor and a reader of our site.
What is the central educational issue at Edison? I say it is the issue raised in Dr. Walker’s Convocation Address, dated August 17, 2010. He says that the grand purpose of the college is to create the “Edison Education System” to be a “seamless way of delivering education to our children, beginning at pre-kindergarten and continuing all the way through to the baccalaureate degree.
Just in case you missed it over the weekend the Edison State College Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting. The meeting will be held Wednesday April 6, 2011 at 4 p.m., in the boardroom, I-223, of Robinson Hall on the Lee County Campus, there will be video feeds to each of the college’s other campuses.
For those of you who are able to attend in support of change at Edison State please do so. We also urge each and every reader to contact at least one board member from their home district and tell them how you feel about the variety of challenges currently facing the college. Let them know what is right and what is wrong within the institution today.
Edison Staff Wages fall behind in the Walker Era—administrators get top dollar as front-line workers scrape to get by
In Thursday’s press conference a faculty member brought up a new topic—the low morale of Edison staff. This particular faculty member characterized the low morale as being due to “tremendous work loads” and “poor pay”. He conjectured that the only reason many stayed at Edison was due to the poor hiring prospects in the current economy. While much of what he said is hard to verify by a staff that is not allowed to talk to the press (an Edison “policy” that equates to a gag order for all staff and administrators), the wages are easy to find. Shockingly, real wages for staff positions have deteriorated steadily during the Walker era. For example, a person starting at Grade 14 in 1991 would make $20,000 in wages. Adjusted for (continue reading…)
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2. All of the documents that have been published to date have been submitted to us via email, most of them anonymously. Most of our contributors don’t want anyone to know their identities, most of them are trying to rectify something they have seen within the institution that is wrong but do not want to risk exposure. We don’t blame them, especially now that we have received confirmation of a new round of immoral behavior that could be considered to be retaliation against those involved in taking information to the press. These contributions will remain unpublished for the time being while we confirm them.