Putting Education Reform To The Test

Florida School Boards Association President Wants A Conversation About FCAT

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County school board member Joie Cadle is also president of the Florida School Boards Association.

The president of the Florida School Boards Association says the state’s next education commissioner must be willing to work with school boards, parents and educators to improve Florida’s testing and school and district report card system.

Orange County school board member Joie Cadle also told the Orlando Sentinel that school boards should have more control over charter schools – and that the state should not overrule local decisions about which charter schools are approved.

The Sentinel published a Q&A with Cadle today. An excerpt:

Q: Do you see the sudden resignation of Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson as a setback for Florida’s reform?

A: I am not sure that I would consider it a setback. I do believe that it is time to appoint a commissioner of education who understands accountability and would work with all stakeholders to assure that every child learns and has a positive attitude about learning. Reform for the sake of reform is not healthy. Choice for the sake of choice is not good for students.

The FSBA has had their disagreements with outgoing Education Gerard Robinson this year. The group also approved a resolution asking Florida leaders to put less emphasis on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Read the full interview here.


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