Spellings in Tally
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will be in Florida's capital city tomorrow, slated to testify before state lawmakers on No Child Left Behind. Given the big disconnect between the state and federal accountability systems, the reception she gets before a bevy of House education committees will be worth watching.
Under Florida's FCAT-based system, a majority of Florida schools earn A's and B's, and are rewarded with modest pots of "school recognition money." But under No Child, a majority is deemed in need of improvement, and some of them are subject to what some consider to be sanctions, such as giving students access to free, private tutoring. The two systems might be apples and oranges, but that doesn't make the perception any less confusing to parents and teachers. Even Jeb Bush was irked (see St. Petersburg Times story here).
- Ron Matus, state education reporter