with the state board of education. This collection of grocers’, citrus growers
and hobbyists represents all that is wrong in education. Race based goals, the
disaster of an accountability system and VAM based teacher evaluations anyone.
If anything this non-elected body needs to have its power diminished.
“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.
grades (um haven’t they been doing that for the last few years now) then his
KIPP School will finally get that A.
cats play together and people jump on the furniture in Florida.