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Jeb Bush's education foundation: Lee County 'neglecting its duty'

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Jeb Bush's education foundation today issued a strongly-worded rebuke of the Lee County decision to opt-out of state mandated tests, a pillar of Bush's legacy.

"We are deeply disappointed by the Lee County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it, their responsibility for the success of the community’s students," Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, wrote in a statement. “Not only do these academic checkups provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part of life.

“Measuring student achievement is the cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state, nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems need to improve, where they need to invest more resources. Without them some schools and students would fall through the cracks.

“The Lee County School Board is neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and uphold state law. Instead of refusing to participate in a small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of using the state as a scapegoat.”

Meantime Sen. Marco Rubio blasted a lawsuit challenging the state's voucher program.

“This frivolous lawsuit attacking Florida’s school choice scholarship program is an attack on the American Dream," Rubio said. "We cannot continue to be an exceptional nation and our children cannot fully realize their American Dream as long as government policies condemn them to failing schools. That is exactly what this lawsuit is trying to do. Parents of economically disadvantaged students who want a better future for their kids should have the choice of sending them to better schools, and tuition assistance like this is a vital way they can make it work. This lawsuit will trap our poorest students in under-performing schools and give them no options to help them achieve their highest potential.”

We are deeply disappointed by the Lee County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it, their responsibility for the success of the community’s students.

“Not only do these academic checkups provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part of life.

“Measuring student achievement is the cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state, nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems need to improve, where they need to invest more resources.  Without them some schools and students would fall through the cracks.

“The Lee County School Board is neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and uphold state law.”

“Instead of refusing to participate in a small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of using the state as a scapegoat.”

- See more at: http://excelined.org/news/excelined-ceo-patricia-levesque-concerned-future-lee-county-students/#sthash.C3TczE8Q.dpuf

We are deeply disappointed by the Lee County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it, their responsibility for the success of the community’s students.

“Not only do these academic checkups provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part of life.

“Measuring student achievement is the cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state, nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems need to improve, where they need to invest more resources.  Without them some schools and students would fall through the cracks.

“The Lee County School Board is neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and uphold state law.”

“Instead of refusing to participate in a small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of using the state as a scapegoat.”

- See more at: http://excelined.org/news/excelined-ceo-patricia-levesque-concerned-future-lee-county-students/#sthash.C3TczE8Q.dpuf

We are deeply disappointed by the Lee County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it, their responsibility for the success of the community’s students.

“Not only do these academic checkups provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part of life.

“Measuring student achievement is the cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state, nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems need to improve, where they need to invest more resources.  Without them some schools and students would fall through the cracks.

“The Lee County School Board is neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and uphold state law.”

“Instead of refusing to participate in a small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of using the state as a scapegoat.”

- See more at: http://excelined.org/news/excelined-ceo-patricia-levesque-concerned-future-lee-county-students/#sthash.C3TczE8Q.dpuf

[Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 12:52pm]

    

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