John Winn, Black Panther?
Retiring Florida Education Commissioner John Winn got quite the compliment this week from T. Willard Fair, chairman of the Board of Education.
At a board meeting in Tallahassee, Fair, who is black, likened Winn, who is white, to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and black power activist Angela Davis.
Winn is “radical,” said Fair, who heads the Urban League of Greater Miami. “I never saw him cave when there was controversy.”
Winn is pretty much the Wizard of Oz behind high-stakes use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. He got his start teaching at an all-black school in Palatka and helped shape the school grading formula that forces teachers to pay more attention to the most struggling students.
Fair told fellow board members he has a “black wall” at home featuring photos of Dr. King, Malcolm X and other black leaders.
He said Winn will be the wall’s first white member.