Stewart wants closer look at Lastinger program
UPDATE AT 6:19 P.M.: Lastinger director Don Pemberton just emailed me a lengthy response to Dr. Stewart's comments. It is attached below in its entirety.
Interim Pinellas Superintendent John Stewart said today he plans to scrutinize one of his predecessor’s key projects — a teacher-training partnership that sparked a weeks-long debate last summer. Stewart said the costs of the venture with the University of Florida Lastinger Center are substantial, and he hasn’t seen any evidence so far that it has rubbed off on student achievement. He referenced a clause in two contracts with Lastinger, totalling $1.6 million and approved by the school board last month, that would allow the district to bail. “Somebody’s going to have to tell me that we’re getting something for that (money) or we’re going to exercise the out clause,” he said.
Stewart’s comments came in a wide-ranging, 45-minute interview with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board. Read more here.