EDUCATION, THE FLORIDA STOP COMMON CORE COALITION
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed HB 7069, the testing and accountability bill, despite the concerns of thousands of parents, teachers and students about the still lingering and harsh effects of Florida‘s problem plagued accountability system.
“We appreciate the efforts of the legislature for the tests that were reduced, said Dr. Karen Effrem, executive director of The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition. “We still, however, remain very concerned about a post-test validity process, subject to political appointments, that still leaves our students and teachers subject to high stakes decisions based on invalid tests. We believe that this law still does not protect students and staff from consequences of these tests that are useless for informing instruction and invasively profile our children, while leaving the taxpayers in jeopardy from inevitable lawsuits.”
“Sadly, this bill also does not do anything to deal with the inferior, inappropriate, and manipulative standards upon which these tests are based,” said Randy Osborne, director of education for Florida Eagle Forum.
“It is clear that the legislative process only nibbled around the edges of an enormous problem, and that citizens will have to find other means of protecting children, asserting parental rights, and returning to education instead of test preparation,” said Catherine Baer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Network.
A detailed analysis of the numerous significant concerns with HB 7069 is available on their website.
Randy Osborne – Florida Eagle Forum
Catherine Baer – The Tea Party Network
The Moral Liberal Guest Contributor, Dr. Karen Effrem, is President of Education Liberty Watch, is a pediatrician, researcher, and conference speaker. Dr. Effrem’s medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University and her pediatric training from the University of Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early childhood legislation for congressional staff, state legislatures, and many organizations. Dr. Effrem serves on the boards of national organizations Education Liberty Watch and the Alliance for Human Research Protection. Dr. Effrem and her husband, Paul, have three children.
Used with the permission of Education Liberty Watch.