Clark: 'I have real qualms' about Race to the Top application
Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith wants the superintendent, school board chair and union leaders in each district to literally sign on to Florida's application for up to $700 million in federal Race to the Top money. But in Pinellas, School Board chairwoman Janet Clark says she isn't sure she can sign it -- even if a majority of the board thinks the application is the right way to go.
"I am not comfortable enough yet. I have real qualms about it," Clark told the Gradebook. "I've thought about, 'What am I going to do if I can't sign it?' "
"I'd like to get on board with the other districts that are telling the DOE and the feds to keep their money," she said. (At this point, that'd be four districts: Seminole, Collier, Franklin and Okeechobee). "I'm at the point where I want to tell them, 'I'm not interested.' It's too prescriptive."
So if a majority of the board says yes? "If it's morally reprehensible to me, I guess I'd have to pass the gavel," Clark said.