Putting Education Reform To The Test

New Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, On The Transition To Florida

Rick Hess interviews incoming Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett, who says: “One thing I’ve been clear about is that I will not try to make Florida into Indiana, but I will bring the insight about what has worked there and combine it with what has historically worked well in Florida.”

Bennett moves to a big state with an outsized reputation when it comes to education reform, but one that’s been struggling to keep a strong state commissioner in place amidst concerns about politics and relations with the governor and the State Board of Education. Florida is also wrestling to implement Senate Bill 736, the nation’s most radical effort to overhaul teacher evaluation, tenure, and pay. It’s going to be messy because, while 736 got some big things right, it also got some big things really wrong.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

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