- On the second day of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's education summit, state Senator Dwight Bullard slammed the gathering, saying that Scott, interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and others are continuing to miss an opportunity in "admitting you've adopted bad policies."
- The Miami Democrat sits on the state's Senate Education Committee and has been outspoken regarding policies ranging from the state's assessments to performance-based teacher pay, additionally pointing out the disproportionate number of white men at the summit.
- State Senate President Don Gaetz and state Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg were more positive regarding the summit, calling it a "significant event" that would give leaders a variety of perspectives and ideas.
From the article:
... "In order to get it right you have to recognize where you went wrong," Bullard wrote. "Over testing, misdirection of dollars, failure to listen to stakeholder input, and countless other misfires that have now muddied the water of education. Clean up the mess and start from a good place in which all ideas are weighed on the value of their merit and not the size of their checkbook or political affiliation." ...