Letters to the Editor

Florida hypocritical on school choice, parental control

I wonder if everybody knows schools that accept money diverted from the state treasury to pay for vouchers don't have to take the state's required tests. A norm referenced test is all that is required of them.

Students aren't failed and teachers don't lose their jobs or pay if the scores are not high enough.

If that level of accountability is fine for them, then why are public schools subjected to high stakes tests? Since both are basically paid for with public dollars, shouldn't they both have the same requirements?

I also want to remind everyone that many of our leaders in Tallahassee often talk about education choice and how parents know what is best for their children. Since that is also the case, then how can they not allow parents to opt their children out of whatever high-stakes tests they are required to take?

If we are going to defer to a parent's choice of what school their children go to, then shouldn't we also defer to their choice of what type of test their child takes or not?

If Florida does not allow parents to opt out, then all high-stakes tests are is a mechanism used to punish our public school children, teachers and schools. Sadly, the reality is that is one of the worst kept secrets around.

The bottom line is if Florida really believes parents know best, it should allow them to opt out of the states tests.

Chris Guerrieri

Jacksonville

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