Floridians Won’t Buy Rick Scott’s “Me, Too” Concerns About Testing

While his ideological allies on the Florida Board of Education and in the Florida Department of Education are solidifying the grip that his new Common Core tests have on state schools, Rick Scott wants voters to believe that he’s suddenly concerned about the amount standardized tests kids have to take. This in an August piece from Matt Dixon :

TALLAHASSEE _ Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign Monday unveiled an education platform that calls for an “investigation” into the state standardized tests fought for by former Gov. Jeb Bush, a GOP political heavyweight who already endorsed Scott.

The platform rollout from the campaign comes on the heels of Scott’s state office requesting Friday that the Legislature approve more than $19 billion for public education during next spring’s legislative session.

The announcement came during Scott’s heated campaign with likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist. That timeline — months earlier than normal — led Scott’s opponents to cast the announcement’s timing as political.

The standardized test portion of the plan opens up a different brand of politics, with the incumbent Republican governor calling for a review of Bush-supported policies. Bush’s early November endorsement helped quell rumors that Scott could face a GOP primary.

Scott said he wants to look at issues such as why students are required to take a test, how much time is given for the test, and what types of students must take a test.

“We share governor Scott’s commitment to expanding school choice options for Florida families, increasing the state’s commitment to expanding digital learning investments in our schools and ensuring fewer, better tests are used in our classrooms,” Bush foundation spokesman Jaryn Emhof said in a statement.
The Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s top teachers’ union, opposed increased testing, referring to recent policies as a “testing frenzy.”

“Suddenly now we are interested in that? Seems like a political ploy to me,” said Joanne McCall, the association’s vice president.

Scott also called for a committee to review standards that were implemented after conservative uproar over the Common Core education standards adopted in states across the country. Bush has been a national advocate for those standards, which Crist also supports.

Anyone buy it?


From his passage of the test-dominated SB 736 to his publication of FCAT rankings by district to his Common Core tests and his establishment of separate accountability systems for public and voucher schools, Scott has been the testing governor. And he calls Charlie Crist a flip-flopper?





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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3 Responses to Floridians Won’t Buy Rick Scott’s “Me, Too” Concerns About Testing

  1. I could help him cut to the chase. The list of tests is on the state’s DOE webpage. He can give his Ed. Commissioner a call and find out what the purpose is for each test. Then he will have his info. Will he do that? No. It’s lip service. And his GOP legislators are using his “review” as an action that they are also taking in response to queries about tests.

  2. Ayn says:

    I’ve taken part in conference calls with Scott’s education advisers in regard to common core, testing and other education issues over the past several months. So, the governor has clearly been listening to concerned residents. But there are far greater concerns with Crist, as he was the state leader who quietly signed on to bring common core to Florida in 2010, along with the parade of more online testing, online curriculum, student data mining, and the assault on teachers in the classroom. Let’s stay focused on solving our education issues and push for what we need for students and teachers here in Florida. At least Scott is listening. Crist has already proven to Florida’s residents where he is headed.

  3. anabe lparra says:

    Crist vetoed SB 736 and supported teachers and went against the Republican legislature while serving as a Republican governor. Crist listened to the real people.

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