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?