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Departing State Board member challenges Gov. Scott to lead in education



For eight years, Kathleen Shanahan has been a leading voice in Florida's education policy debates, working with former governor Jeb Bush and then sitting on the Florida Board of Education. In recent months, she's become a critic of the state's ever-changing school grading model and its indecision on Common Core, among other key issues.

In an online conversation with the Redefined blog, Shanahan made clear again her views that it's time for strong leadership to shore up what is becoming a crisis of confidence in the state's accountability system. She said Gov. Rick Scott, who recently has stepped back from his Common Core support, must lead.

“His clear and directional leadership is needed to continue to advance Fla’s success,” Shanahan, who leaves the board in December. wrote during a live chat on the school choice blog. “If he continues to seek political cover in creating more noise and not enough clarity he will not gain anyone’s support in his re-election effort.”

“The teachers are excited about Common Core, the parents need to be educated on why this is the best next step for their kids to succeed and Gov. Scott can lead that effort or sit back and listen his way to complete confusion,” Shanahan also wrote.

Read more of Shanahan's comments here.

[Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 3:29pm]


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