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Political stand behind race-based education plan

10:24 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new flood of reaction in from State leaders concerning a plan by the State Board of Education that uses a student's race to set academic standards.

We first told you about this new Strategic Plan 6 days ago. 

The Department of Education says its goal is that all children would become 100 percent proficient. But look at the plan for next six years: By 2018, 90% of Asian students are expected to be reading at grade level. Only 88% of white students, 81% of Hispanic students, and 74% of black students are expected to do the same.

Dulcie Gish, a Jacksonville mother said,"I just think it is shocking...I think everybody has the ability to perform well if they try hard and learn and are taught well. "

Oluster Seabrooks, a grandfather said, "That's very biased. I think they are being discriminatory in nature. I think all kids should be put at equal levels in order to be competitive in a global society."

Governor Rick Scott released a statement Tuesday saying "The actions taken last week by the State Board of Education in adopting their strategic plan did not clearly articulate our shared commitment to fully close that achievement gap for all students, regardless of race, geography, gender or other circumstance."

In response to the Governor's statement the incoming Florida House Democratic Leader, Representative Perry Thurston said, "It's a favorable sign that Governor Scott has decided today to disavow himself from a highly controversial element of the Strategic Plan for public schools offered this month by the State Board of Education." He wants the Board to redo the plan.

The Chairman of the State Board of Education, Gary Chartrand said Tuesday, "The measurements will ensure that we are on track and can close the gap faster. To be clear, the interim targets will not determine our success; the absence of an achievement gap will."

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