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Gov. Charlie Crist: No. 8 'Education Week' ranking is 'clear sign' of progress



Gov. Charlie Crist and Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith are basking in the glow of the latest Education Week Quality Counts report, released this morning, which puts Florida at No. 8 among all 50 states. The report looks at a mix of factors, including policies, funding and student performance, to gauge state-by-state rankings.

“Even in the face of difficult financial conditions, Florida’s education system has proven that a solid foundation and committed teaching force can make improvement a possibility under any circumstances,” Crist said in a press release. “Progress in the face of uncertainty can be an overwhelming prospect, but Florida’s teachers and school leaders have clearly shown that they are up for the challenge.”

Said Smith: “Florida has spent more than a decade implementing progressive education reforms that are grounded in the successful outcome of every single child. Quickly climbing to 8th in the nation is a clear sign these efforts are paying off, and I am proud of our teachers and schools for the excellent work they continue to do on behalf of students.”

The folks at Education Week caution against making year-to-year comparisons, because the indicators they use change slightly from year to year. But the governor's office continues to do so, saying in the press release that "this year’s increase follows continuing trends of improvement that saw the Sunshine State ranked 10th last year and 14th in 2008, up from 31st in 2007."

PolitiFact gave Crist a half-true on that claim.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:47am]


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