? Fred Clemens States are the proper responsible party to draft standards for individual school districts with considerable input from the public. However, I do agree that we need to demand a better education for our high tax expenditures and that standards need to be made higher. We also need to accept that some students will fail, rather than mandate that everyone passes. ? James Oerichbauer An old girlfriend of mine studied to become a teacher. She told me one lesson seemed to be "if at first students don't succeed, lower your standards." It seems she was right about that one. ? William Travis Parents are key The myth is that the government can do something about parents who won't raise their kids. Tom Baker School administrators never really want parents involved in anything constructive. They are happy to have you bake cupcakes, but don't want parents' opinions. We, the parents, have a right to be involved in what our kids are being taught.
Education officials head to Tampa to urge ?mitigation? of school grading formula
In addition, Florida?s safety net last year keeping schools from dropping more than one letter grade is gone. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has said those tweaks, following a number of changes from the previous year, will improve education around the state. But they?re also expected to cause school letter grades to plummet - unless the State Board of Education reconsiders Tuesday. ?They will have an opportunity to revisit this issue,? Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Monday. ?I have a feeling that they will.? Miami-Dade students mostly fared well on tests this year, making large gains in reading and writing, and to a lesser extent in math. But district administrators nevertheless expect a drop in grades, which factor into real estate values and teacher bonuses and evaluations. At failing schools, students can transfer. Carvalho stressed that he supports accountability measures and increasing standards, but said recent changes ?are too dramatic, too fast and go too far without an understanding of the true impact.? That point has been echoed by others, including Florida Association of District School Superintendents President Wally Cox, who earlier this month wrote to Florida Board Chairman Gary Chartrand and asked him to ?mitigate? the impact of accountability changes. In his letter, Cox twice used Miami-Dade schools as an example.