Best and the Brightest? St. Pete council member says state lawmakers need to reveal their SAT scores
St. Petersbug City Council member Steve Kornell, a school social worker, has had enough with lawmakers in Tallahassee coming down on teachers.
The latest burr under Kornell's saddle? The state's "Best and Brightest" program, which awards bonuses to teacher with high SAT or ACT scores---even if those scores are decades old. The Legislature agreed to continue the program this week.
On Thursday, as council members prepped for the March 17 meeting, he served notice that he would introduce a resolution asking state lawmkers to release their SAT or ACT scores.
"To me, it feels appropriate that we would ask our legislature to apply the same standards to themselves," Kornell said.
His proposal was met with a mixture of glee and disbelief among his colleagues.
"I'm not sure we want to know them," said Charlie Gerdes, referring to legislators' test scores.
"So you're completely serious?" asked council chairwoman Amy Foster.
Kornell said he understood his resolution was "kind of funny," but he assured her that he was in earnest.
"I'm just really tired of teachers getting attacked and the ringleaders of those attacks are typically elected officials sitting in Tallahassee," Kornell said. "It's bad government at its worst and they really need to knock it off."