TBTimes Editorial: FCAT a farce; FAMU needs overhaul
The Tampa Bay Times editorial board weighed in Thursday on school grades and FAMU:
On Wednesday's release of school grades: "...Now leaders in Tallahassee should begin the serious discussion about what is next. Florida's plan to jettison the FCAT for end-of-course exams is still two years away. That's too long to wait to overhaul the A+ Plan if there's any hope of restoring faith with teachers, parents and the public that Florida's school accountability program is actually fair...." Full editorial here.
On Wednesday's resignation of FAMU President James Ammons: "The only unfortunate thing about Florida A&M University president James Ammons' resignation Wednesday is that it didn't happen months ago. It has long been clear that Ammons failed to address concerns about hazing within the famed FAMU band, reacted slowly after a drum major died following a hazing incident in November, and could not effectively deal with a host of other issues. This historically black university is in crisis, and it will take fresh leadership and a firm hand to save it...." Full editorial here.