Education Commissioner Pam Stewart thumbs her nose at the state’s school superintendents.

From the Miami Herald:  Public school
superintendents hoping for a reprieve from the state’s polarizing school
grading system won’t get any support from Florida’s education commissioner.

Commissioner Pam Stewart said flatly
Tuesday that she is opposed to a request from local schools chiefs that the
state suspend the issuance of school grades while grappling with new,
controversial learning benchmarks and bringing in new statewide exams to
replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
“I don’t think suspending school
grading is the right thing to do for students,” Stewart said during a State
Board of Education meeting held in the auditorium at Miami Lakes Educational
Center.
I know she is the commissioner
and all but that’s quite a bit of hubris there, “she doesn’t think it’s the
right thing for all students.”
When she was appointed a
fair amount of superintendents supported her because she had a reputation for
working with people. I wonder how they feel now. I also wonder why she has the
gung ho gut feeling that she is more in tune with what children need than the
67 superintendents who are actually in charge of educating them.
Maybe this didn’t come
from her but instead came from somebody else like Jeb Bush whose entire
identity rides on the success or failure of Florida’s accountability system. We
know he has the ego to think he is the smartest person in the room despite the
fact he has never taught and sent his children to exclusive prep schools.
Let me ask you a
question if 67 experts in a field said, if we want to do it right then this is
the way we need to do it, would you go with them or with your gut instead.

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