Commissioner Stewart jumps the shark

I will just let her words do the talking for her.

“We all know there have been questions
about opt out and that there were situations where this occurred last year.
Section 1008.22, F.S., regarding statewide, standardized assessments, states
clearly that participation is mandatory for all districts and all students
attending public schools.
My belief is that students who do not want to test
should not be sitting in public schools,
as it is mandatory and required for
students seeking a standard high school diploma. Statewide, standardized
assessments are part of [the] requirement to attend school, like immunization
records. That is our message and what we send to you to be shared with your
staff.”

Pam Stewart is the commissioner of education in
Florida where every republican legislator is bananas over school choice and
says parents know what’s best for their children.

That is…

Unless they want to opt them out of the state’s high stakes
test.

Unless they want them to be able to have daily recess.

Unless they want to send them to a school that is
adequately funded.

And increasingly as the state works around the class
size amendment, unless they want to send them to a school with reasonably sized
classes.

If parents want any of those things I guess it is time for them to hit the road. 

I am really starting to believe that the main purpose
of the high stakes test is not to assess children but to chase children out of
our public schools an assertion that Pam Stewart’s own words seem to back up.

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