So Education Week's Quality Counts report isn't about education quality?
News that Florida stacks up pretty well against other states in the most recent Quality Counts report is rubbing some people the wrong way.
In this recent issue brief, "We're No. 10? Not So Fast," the Florida Center for Fiscal & Economic Policy says Education Week didn't say Florida was 10th best in the nation (which is technically, hair-splittingly true, but in terms of overall point score, Florida did in fact come in at No. 10) and "furthermore, a definitive grade of 'education quality' is impossible to determine anyway."
"While it's tempting to adopt the shorthand phrase, "education quality," to explain the Education Week report, its use confuses and masks problems in Florida education. Such shorthand allows some to maintain, as they did during the legislative session to excuse education budget cuts, that Florida's education system is achieving high quality regardless of funding levels."
FCFEP's 9-member board of directors includes Marshall Ogletree, lobbyist for the Florida teachers union; Dawn Steward, legislative chairperson for the Florida PTA; and Keith Baker, former senior vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Taxwatch Research Institute.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter