Putting Education Reform To The Test

While You Were Out: Tony Bennett Talks About His Plans For Florida Education

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Incoming Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett.

The Tampa Bay Times snagged an interview with incoming education commissioner Tony Bennett. You might have missed it while celebrating the holidays or watching football games.

Here’s the most interesting section to us, where reporter Jeff Solochek asks Bennett about the volume of school policy changes:

There’s been talk that Florida and other states might have taken on too many reform initiatives at the same time. Do you see that as a problem?

The short answer is no. I think what we have to be mindful of is alignment. … I think the answer to your question isn’t more or less. The most important thing we have to do is make sure when we pursue these reforms, that we are very careful and very intentional about aligning the reforms to each other so we don’t create disconnects.

Are there ideas that you want to bring to Florida?

First of all, remember, be it criticized, be it noted, however you want to define it, I was the person who was described as bringing the Florida reforms to Indiana. So there hasn’t been a whole lot other than a pure voucher system that we implemented in Indiana that wasn’t previously implemented in Florida.

Read the full interview here.


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