Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Florida’s lack of accountability system, it unravels right before our eyes
Tallahassee blew up today as they decided truth in advertising was not important. For the second year in a row they made it so schools that drop can only do so one letter grade. But that’s not all look at what the state board members, who voted against the deception are saying.
From the Tampa Times: Board members Sally Bradshaw, John Padget and Kathleen Shanahan opposed the measure.
"I don't understand when it became acceptable to disguise and manipulate the truth simply because the truth is uncomfortable," Bradshaw, a former chief of staff to Jeb Bush, said in opposition to the recommendation.
Vice chairman Padget joined Bradshaw's point of view.
"A C is a C. It's not a B," Padget said, stating he supports truth in advertising.
Shanahan worried that the grading system had lost its meaning under multiple changes to the formula. She suggested the time had come for major revisions.
"We've overcomplicated the model, and I don't think it's a statistically valid model" any more, Shanahan said, questioning the reliability of the grades. http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/florida-board-of-education-approves-school-grade-formula-change-again/2131681This is the same system that is for vouchers, merit pay, charter schools and odious teacher evaluations. Florida is broke friends and needs a complete overhaul.