Florida’s latest worst legislator of all time Janet Adkins

Mrs. Adkins is a multiple winner of the worst legislator of
all time award.
She is without a doubt one of the most anti-public education
legislators in Floirda. Good job Fernandina but to today’s award.
From scathing Purple Musings: Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) heard the
applause from the gallery after a public school teacher’s testimony
against Florida’s continued devotion to high-stakes tests. It was the only time
anyone drew such a reaction during Monday’s House Education Appropriations hearing on Adkin’s HB 7117 which establishes a
one-year delay in “holding schools harmless’ for school grades. The change was
prompted because of with new state  tests and full implementation of
Common Core Standards.
Even though Democrats were
conciliatory during testimony – three of the five on the committee voted in
favor – Adkins chose to lash out at the opponents in the room and her
colleagues who voted no.
Her shrill closing
testimony included the reemphasis of her false assertion that Florida schools
have had these standards since 2010. Both Rep. Karen Castor Dentel (D-Maitland)
and FEA President Andy Ford pointed out that only K-2 kids have had them since
2010.  Never mind education commissioners Pam Stewart’s two months old
 ”tweak” to Common Core that includes the laughable new name, Florida
Standards. It’s these realities which prompted a longer pause from teachers,
school boards and superintendents.
Adkin’s insistence upon her
own talking points in the face of the obvious serves as the latest example
of the zealotry among the Republican House caucus to advance Jeb Bush’s agenda.
Adkins took direct aim at
public schools and the opposition to high-stakes testing when she
emphasized that “we have to hold schools accountable for the money we send
Her hypocrisy is
easily unmasked by her vote 18 days ago for voucher expansion. Private
schools who accept voucher money do not have to take the same tests. So much
for ‘holding schools accountable for the money we send them.”

Now that’s some hypocrisy, to bad in Tallahassee that
is more the exception rather than the rule.

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