Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tallahassee continues to implode and our schools continue to pay the price.
And these are the guys that advocate for vouchers, charter schools and merit pay.
One day after the state board of education effectively voted to lie to the people of Florida, Senate President Don Geatz and the speaker of the house Will Weatherford wrote a letter saying we should abandon the common core and the tests, the PARCC that are going to replace the FCAT.
From the Sun Sentinel: Florida's top legislative leaders today urged state educators to immediately abandon plans to replace the FCAT with tests from a national consortium and to instead craft "our own Florida plan of assessments."
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, made their recommendation in a letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett.
They said the standardized tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (or PARCC) would take up too many days of the school year, would require more computers and bandwith than many campuses have and would not be scored in a "timely" manner.
"We cannot jeopardize fifteen years of education accountability reform by relying on PARCC to define a fundamental component of our accountability system," the lawmakers wrote. "It would be unacceptable to participate in national efforts that may take us backward and erode confidence in our accountability system and our trajectory of continued success."
First they are seriously delusional if they don’t think confidence has not already been seriously eroded.
Everyday it becomes mare apparent that our leaders in Tallahassee don’t know what they are doing and have meddled with education to its detriment. Its time that we didn’t just rethink the common core and the school grading system but everything that has come out of Tallahassee over at least the last five years.