Can Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle cope with a new balance of power for the next two years?
Does Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter think the Collier County/federal immigration system discourages minorities’ crime reports?
And for Lee County Schools Superintendent Joe Burke: Do principal bonuses shortchange classroom teachers?
Coyle, Hunter and Burke are guests on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Video highlights are posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Here are excerpts:
Lytle: Devil’s advocate: Doesn’t your plan to give bonuses to principals who take on underachieving schools leave out somebody very important? That would be the teachers.
Burke: Oh well, right. You know, you’re absolutely right about that. And one of the things that we are working on in our negotiations with the teachers union is a similar plan, a parallel plan, for teachers who are going to be working in high-need schools or also in high-need subject areas.
So part of the long-range plan would be to potentially pay additional dollars to teachers, for example, in our high schools that volunteer to teach Algebra 1 or geometry and math, because we know that all of our students needs to pass algebra and geometry end-of-course exams in order to graduate.
And so we’re talking with the union about, OK, how can we get some incentives for those kinds of things?
Lytle: I think I know you as a person who does not suffer foolishness very well.
Lytle: And I’m going to ask you would you be able to make it through the next two years under a worse case scenario?
What I hear you saying is, you don’t expect that worse case scenario to play out.
Coyle: I don’t have any problem voicing my opinion under circumstances such as those. And I think it’s important that people hear what I have to think about some of the foolishness that takes place. I think the people can only be fully informed if I do speak out on some of those issues. And I would think it would be my obligation to spend the next two years dealing with that if that happens.
Lytle: Some people still say that the local/federal immigration policing program that you helped develop as sheriff has a chilling effect on minorities reporting crime.
Hunter: Well, let’s talk a little bit how this evolved.
Lytle: It was after 9/11.
Hunter: The day after the attack we were informed on our tips line that we had established the day before that there were people who were actually celebrating the attacks on America.
When we began to unfold those tips and look at each one of the tips and who was celebrating, we were able to determine that more than a couple of people were here illegally, and yet they were celebrating this attack.
Lytle: You mean locally?
Hunter: Locally. One was in Immokalee; one was on Marco Island. Particularly, these people were literally throwing parties about the attacks.