Why such a small room for the Florida Board of Education meeting?
A hotly criticized proposal to revise Florida's school grading system has promise to draw many educators and parent activists who want to share their views with the State Board of Education before it votes.
Not a few observers have questioned why the board has scheduled its session to begin at 7:30 a.m. (as opposed to the usual 8:30-9 a.m.) in a smallish room on the 17th floor of the department's headquarters, rather than in the Cabinet meeting room where the board most often meets when in Tallahassee.
It's not to stifle debate, department spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Gradebook, calling any such suggestion "ridiculous."
"The Cabinet meeting room was booked," she said. "When we can't get there, we have it in the Turlington building. ... Our meeting is open to the public. Anyone is welcome."
The board will have overflow seating in case the meeting room fills up, Etters said.