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Florida Board of Ed chairman calls NCLB a "colossal failure"



The Florida Board of Education got loads of flak last month after adopting academic goals based on student race.

Board chairman Gary Chartrand said during a meeting Tuesday that he wants to change the focus of the conversation to the content, rather than the form of the controversial plan. Pointing the the numbers that show black and Hispanic students lagging behind white and Asian students, he said the state must focus on closing the achievement gap. 

"No Child Left Behind was really a colossal failure," Chartrand said. "We did not close the gap. We need to do things differently."

He suggested that Florida might need to move to longer school days, move the "best principals and teachers" to the "worst schools," and increase such things as parental involvement. He urged Gov. Rick Scott, who attended the meeting to discuss his ideas about education, to help the State Board move the needle.

"Help us think about how we are going to spend our money differently," Chartrand said.

Scott, who offered scant few details on his new plan, said he would stand by the board's effort. "We should direct our dollars to where we are going to get results," he said.

[Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 3:24pm]


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