Rep. Peterman: 'You can't fault the school'
State Rep. Frank Peterman, D-St. Pete, won't be upset if a key component of the state's school grading formula gets nixed by the Board of Education tomorrow. The component in question penalizes schools a full letter grade if a majority of their most-struggling students don't make academic progress on the FCAT. Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recommended last week that the state suspend that provision, and Peterman told The Gradebook he supports the move: "You can't fault the school," he said. "You can't expect the school, with the resources they have, to do that overnight."
Peterman's position puts him at odds with another member of the Legislature's Black Caucus, Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee, who told the St. Petersburg Times for a story in Saturday's paper that the penalty provision was one of the few planks in Jeb Bush's school accountability system he liked. The Orlando Sentinel weighed in with this editorial Sunday.