The earnest participants at this week’s “Education Summit” in Clearwater were meant to be props in Gov. Rick Scott’s attempt to blunt and spread blame for a dysfunctional Department of Education and to divert the political hit he and legislators anticipate as Florida implements Common Core State Standards.
The first day featured a laughably ham-handed attempt at political cover. Participants were asked to endorse a “guiding principle.” It said using the tests most other Common Core states are expected to use “will require an excessive amount of testing time, will be too expensive and has been marked by overreaches from the federal government into education policy.”
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