FCAT probe likely
A key state lawmaker will likely be leading an inquiry into how state education officials bungled last year's FCAT. Sen. Don Gaetz, who chairs the senate education committee, said important questions remain unanswered as to how the Department of Education incorrectly scored last year's third-grade reading test.
Gaetz, R-Niceville, called the office of Senate President Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, on Wednesday - after being told of the blunder by The St. Petersburg Times - to request permission to pursue the issue. On Thursday, Pruitt's staff told The Gradebook that a green light for Gaetz is all but certain. The time lines for a probe are still unclear, but any review by Gaetz's committee assures the issue won’t fade away and probably means a harsh spotlight for the DOE. "To borrow a phrase, we need to find out what the DOE knew and when they knew it," Gaetz said.
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- Ron Matus, state education reporter