Take that test and shove it
As the Legislature enters its second day of session, Pasco County superintendent Heather Fiorentino is heading to Tallahassee tomorrow to bend some lawmakers' ears about teacher performance pay. She worries that her district, which rejected the chance to participate in Special Teachers Are Rewarded, could bear a heavy financial burden if the law doesn't change. "This is the time to do it, at the beginning of session and not at the end," said the former state representative, who intends to keep her comments pointed but positive. On hearing of Fiorentino's itinerary, board chairwoman Marge Whaley asked the superintendent to carry a message from her, too. "One of my biggest oppositions to STAR is that we'll be handing Hillsborough tests to all of our teachers," Whaley said, noting that Hillsborough County will get almost $500,000 to provide end-of-course exams to districts that don't have any. (The number of other counties with such tests, by the way, is zero.) "That's so repugnant to me." Whaley suggested that districts should, at the very least, have the time to craft their own tests.