Some weird things have happened in education over the last few weeks and I am not sure if most of the public has been paying attention.

Some weird things have happened in education over the last
few weeks and I am not sure if most of the public has been paying attention.
The governor appointed to the state board of education a 31-year-old recent
transplant from New York who has two years of teaching experience both in New
York and a citrus grower who has disavowed evolution. I guess that fits because
Florida has the third most schools in the nation that takes public money and
teaches creationism as science.
An F charter school in Tampa used public money to buy
advertising on television for new students. Speaking of charter schools the
states 350 eligible ones were allocated 90 million in PECO, maintenance and
construction funds, while the states 3,500 public schools are supposed to split
80 million. This disparity however isn’t all that new and has actually improved
because over the previous three years, charters received 200 million compared
to public schools, which there are about ten times more, receiving around 20.
Then local private schools have complained they didn’t
receive enough public money to support the students that voluntarily decided to
attend them, so much for the private sector being able to do things cheaper and
more efficient right. We still haven’t decided what test we will use to replace
the FCAT, though disgraced former commissioner of education Tony Bennett’s
company is in the running, so much for field testing. Finally throw in
Florida’s race based goals and spoiler alert we don’t have very high
expectations for our African American students and Florida’s culture of high
stakes testing being slammed on the Florida Senate floor by democratic senators
then it has been a hectic couple of weeks.
Sometimes our public schools get a bad rap, and there are
issues, I think most created by people who want to privatize them or who don’t
believe in them but regardless it doesn’t seem like the powers-that-be are
helping that much.
Chris Guerrieri

School Teacher

One Reply to “Some weird things have happened in education over the last few weeks and I am not sure if most of the public has been paying attention.”

  1. Educators should be in charge of education,not politically motivated Politicians!….Furthermore,there should be a law that REQUIRES ALL elected officials to enroll their children in PUBLIC schools!!..If Chris Guerrieri's numbers are correct,SHAME on the State board of Education!…and SHAME on any elected official who would support such a SCHEME.

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