FLDOE official apologizes after getting into Pasco's library debate
The head of the Florida Department of Education's division of School Libraries and Information Services has sent a formal apology to Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning after putting out an email on a department account questioning the district's plan for media specialists.
Katrina Figgett, the division's supervisor, sent an email to media directors in all 67 Florida school districts saying that Browning has proposed cutting all media specialist positions and attaching an open "letter of support" to School Board members for the directors to offer possible edits. The email, on a state account, went to the Pasco district, which got forwarded to Browning.
Browning, a former state official, took issue and asked education commissioner Tony Bennett to look into the situation.
"I think it is inappropriate for a FLDOE employee to advocate disapproval of a district action on State email. Additionally, Ms Figgett is misrepresenting the issue to her readers," Browning wrote. "I would appreciate you checking on this issue for me."
Bennett jumped on the situation, and Figgett apologized the same day:
"It has come to my attention that you have received an email from this department that might lead you to believe that the letter sent to you from FASM (the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media) was sanctioned by the Florida Department of Education. This was certainly not the case and the views expressed represent the views of that group alone. Please accept my personal apology that this occurred."