“Pay no attention to our botched accountability systems” say Florida senate republicans as they propose even more irrational crap to stuff into Florida’s education accountability systems. Yesterday, Sen. John Legg (R-Lutz) inserted language into SB 1642 that gives the state board of education even more power to change school grade rules when it suits them:
The state board shall periodically review the school grading scale to determine if the scale should be adjusted upward to meet raised expectations and encourage increased student performance. (Lines 226-228)
So if there as too many A’s and B’s, they can just change the rules and school administrators will have to spend countless days adjusting to the whims of political appointees who don’t have to answer voters. Florida republicans will make any rule to get a bell-curve to label some “failing schools” for charter school conversions.
In Diane Ravitch’s keynote address to the first annual Network for Public Education conference on March 2nd, she asserted that everything today’s current education reformers have done is “failing or has already failed.” Guys like Legg are part of the failing cabal that has unloaded this embarrassing school grade formula on Florida schools. Its subjected to constant rewrites to cover political backsides to the point that school grades are meaningless save for maintaining self-congratulatory chortling in GOP caucus meetings.