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Florida colleges of education say no to U.S. News review

The deans of the 11 State University System colleges of education in Florida are saying no to a national project to rate and publicize the performance of ed schools. And they’re being vigorously defended by SUS Chancellor Frank Brogan.

The project is a joint effort between the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News & World Report, which is known for its annual college rankings.

In February, Brogan fired off a letter to U.S. News, saying he supported the decision of the 11 SUS ed schools not to participate in the review. He referred to “national publicity that may result from NCTQ’s flawed research.” Last week, NCTQ President Kate Walsh fired back.

The review will go forward with or without the ed schools’ cooperation (thanks to public records), she wrote. She added, “The public will surely wonder why institutions that are supported by taxpayer dollars and are publicly approved to prepare public school teachers are refusing to be transparent.”

You can read both letters by clicking on the attachments below.

What makes this back-and-forth all the more interesting is Brogan and Walsh travel in the same education reform circles. Or used to, anyways. Brogan, of course, was lieutenant governor under former Gov. Jeb Bush. And Bush ally John Winn, the former Florida education commissioner, is a member of NCTQ’s board of directors.

U.S. News plans to publish its ed school guide next year, even though public ed schools in several states besides Florida say they won't be voluntarily participating.  Here’s an NPR story on the effort that ran yesterday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:27am]


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