John Romano column: With new education commissioner, Florida doubles down on Jeb Bush reforms
From Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano:
Well, that didn't take long.
It was just a few months ago that Gov. Rick Scott swore he was not waging a war on teachers, and that there would be "no more teaching to the test'' in Florida.
And now Scott's education folks have hired a new commissioner who lost his job in Indiana because of a war with teachers and is fanatical about standardized testing.
It seems the more things change, the more they stay quite lame. This is not a knock on Tony Bennett, the man unanimously hired Wednesday by the Marching Jeb Bush Pep Club, also known as the state Board of Education.
Bennett is an accomplished educator, and he may prove to be more popular with parents and teachers in Florida than he was in Indiana.
The issue here is the adherence to an agenda.