that the state of Florida insisted on testing even when he was on his deathbed.
testing the severely profound. She didn’t say progress shouldn’t be monitored,
she didn’t say lets throw students like her son in a room and turn on the TV.
No she just thought the tool we were using was inappropriate a sentiment shared
by most special education teachers and parents, who up until the Rediske family
didn’t know they were allowed to question.
anybody dare question Florida’s accountability system, let alone the parent of
a now deceased profoundly disabled child and she penned a letter that she sent
to every teacher in the state and where she didn’t do it by name, the object of
her outrage the Rediske family was easy to discern.
began to question the practice including parents who up till now thought
silence was their only option.
Ethan Rediske bill that would have made it easier for the parents of profoundly
disabled children to opt out of the test. It seemed like a slam-dunk until it
was mysterious pulled.
student accountability bill proposed by Jennifer Adkins of Fernandina beach.
Mrs. Adkins would never be considered a friend of public education and has a
reputation with people that follow these types of things of stretching the
truth and exaggerating facts.
put a little bit of perfume on the pig as it is the only palatable part of
Adkins entire bill and sadly also twisted the knife in the back of the Rediske
family just a little bit more.
been vocally supporting this crusade now find themselves having to oppose a
bill that would have brought Rediske’s dream to fruition, while the very people
who blocked the advance of Ethan’s Law (like Rep. Adkins) try to use the story
of this grieving parent to further their own agenda. I know politics are
politics, but exactly how low do you have to stoop in order to make
opportunistic use of the death of an 11-year-old boy?
The bill involves, among other things, a trade-off
of a three year delay for a one-year pause. Florida parents don’t believe one
year is sufficient to wait on implementing full on “accountability
measures” (the usual crap soup of testing etc), and that aspect has been a
sticking point. The bill sticks with the grading of schools as well, which
people are unhappy about in FL. And it attempts to create a “smooth
transition” for Florida education.
In this video, you can find Rep. Adkinsmaking her impassioned plea
(at the 1:36:00 mark). She manages to use Ethan Rediske as a
political prop without even naming him or the bill that she has co-opted, and
she invokes her own motherhood and speaks with oh-so-much-deep feelings. She
has allllll the feelings. Schools need to be graded so that schools feel
urgency to do a good job (because schools never work well unless they’re
threatened). But let’s not talk about that. Let’s remind you all how much you
want to do something rational and right for special needs students.
the cake as a grieving family was first the target of scorn and ridicule from
the commissioner of education and then used as a tool to further the political
agenda of in my opinion a pretty loathsome human being.
Sadly this is just what we call Thursday here in