The Gainesville Sun Rips Rick Scott, Calls for Pause in School Grade Formula


From the editors of the Gainesville Sun:

Gov. Rick Scott should be providing leadership on this issue, but he has shown repeatedly he’s more about lip service on education than actually fixing what is wrong with it. For example, he met earlier this month with 30 school superintendents who beseeched him to delay a new grading system and take it slow in the transition to a new and yet-to-be-written curriculum, test and school grading system. He obviously ignored them.

It is foolhardy to think that, after years of failure and embarrassment, adopting a school grading system based on a test that is not yet written will have much chance of being successful.

The Board of Education should take the advice of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, Florida Education Association, Florida PTA and grassroots parent group Fund Education Now: Delay issuing school grades until the new curriculum and the new test are finalized and, well, tested. It is only common sense.

The Board of Education represents everything that’s wrong with Florida’s education apparatus. Each had to pass a litmus test to make sure they were totally devoted to the test-dominated, privatization template Jeb Bush established. There’ll be no pause directed from this crew.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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