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Gradebook podcast: Polk County School Board member Billy Townsend on education reform

Polk School Board member Billy Townsend
Polk School Board member Billy Townsend
Published Aug. 16, 2017

Billy Townsend doesn't mince words. He considers Florida's education accountability system a fraud. He's likened the state Legislature to an abusive spouse. And he does it all in public, whether at the board table or on his blog. A former education reporter and editor for the Ledger in Lakeland, Townsend considers himself a beat reporter exposing the truth about education in his county and the state. And he says it's time for change. Townsend spoke with reporter Jeff Solochek about his approach to the job of School Board member.