John Romano column: You could boost schools thoughtfully, or you could be Tallahassee
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano praises Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego in his latest column, by comparing his actions to those of Tallahassee lawmakers. An excerpt:
Legislators see failing schools and look for someone to blame.
They see struggling students and come up with one-size-fits-all solutions. They see funding for education and devise schemes to funnel it to their corporate friends.
And this is why every parent of a Pinellas County public school student should offer a word of thanks this morning for school superintendent Mike Grego.
On the job for seven months, Grego has approached the problem of low standardized test scores with rational, compassionate and proactive solutions.
In other words, he has made the type of grownup decisions that our children and lawmakers are incapable of making on their own.