New legislation in the U.S. House seeks to reduce federal testing
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel: “The federal testing mandates, when combined with the amount of state and district level assessments, has snowballed to create the feeling that our schools are not centers of learning, but rather are test-prep factories.”
Teacher Dale Koenig: “Investing in our children should not be a partisan issue, and Alex Sink has built her career on bringing Republicans and Democrats together to tackle the challenges facing our community.”
This week we talk about a Supreme Court decision on school funding in Kansas, the FEA president’s response to Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State in Florida, a flawed academic standards bill in Wisconsin and teachers rallying against high stakes testing in Washington.
With wall-to-wall claims and counterclaims for the March 11 special election between lobbyist David Jolly and former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in Florida’s 13th Congressional District in Tampa, it’s difficult to decipher which candidate is more likely to support issues that matter to Florida’s students and educators.