Clark: 'I didn't vote the way I wanted to'
The Pinellas school board didn't change its mind on Race to the Top today - it's still in - but board chair Janet Clark pressed for a motion to re-consider. She said she had trouble sleeping after last Thursday's vote to sign the memorandum of understanding with the state. "It was really bothering me, and I decided I was wrong," she said.
"I didn't vote the way I wanted to," she also said. "I let myself be swayed and convinced myself at the meeting that I'd be comfortable with the memorandum of understanding."
Clark had expressed strong reservations about the state's Race to the Top application before last week's meeting - and did so again before her yes vote.
On a 4-3 vote, the board shot down Clark's motion. Clark, Robin Wikle and Carol Cook voted in favor. Linda Lerner, Peggy O'Shea, Mary Brown and Nina Hayden voted against.
- Times staff writer Leonora LaPeter Anton