Archive | September, 2012


Jeb Bush Facing the Reality of Opposition Within His Own Party

September 15, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Bush has apparently noticed that having surrogates write op-eds on his behalf isn’t working and has finally taken up the pen himself. Writing predictably with cherry-picked data to justify his choice/accountability mantras, Bush targets and dismisses those who have been dealing with the disasters his policies have created in Florida schools. Writes Bush in Sunshine State News:

When we started on this course in 1999, we were considered radical. Now many of these reforms are mainstream and increasingly bipartisan.

Despite this, there will be efforts to roll back some of our most important accomplishments in next year’s legislative session, not because they aren’t working for children but because they are creating discomfort for adults. The Florida Education Association once again is arguing that we need to go back in the direction of a failed past — not surprising in that the teachers’ unions bitterly fought every successful reform since the movement began. The Florida School Boards Association also hopes to dilute accountability reforms in next year’s legislative session. If the school boards had done their job by cracking down on failing schools and ensuring all children received an education, then there wouldn’t have been a need for the reforms the boards now seek to escape.

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Rick Scott: “Should we get rid of the FCAT and just go with the ACT?”

From Bob Sikes, Education Blogger

September 12, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Maybe Rick Scott really has seen the light. After meeting with parents and teachers in Boca Raton yesterday, Sun Sentinel reporter Anne Geggis reported this:

For his first year-and-a-half in office, Gov. Scott seemed at odds with many parents and teachers by supporting the state’s use of high stakes testing for everything from teacher pay to student promotion. He signed teacher performance pay legislation in 2011 that bases teacher pay largely on how well students perform on standardized tests and also eliminated teacher tenure for new teachers.

But the Tuesday sessions at Boca High were cordial exchanges, teachers and parents said. And Scott, who has become a critic of the state’s chief assessment tool, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, this summer, said his tour has produced some discoveries.

“This morning, when I met with teachers, they showed me a calendar of all the different tests,” Scott said, noting that there might be a need to revamp how student progress is measured. “I think we ought to look at a number of questions … Should we get rid of the FCAT and just go with the ACT?”

Hundreds of Pearson executives just spit out their morning coffee.

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