Viewers Voice: Viewers concerned for students after school board changes vote on testing
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Sep 3, 2014
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A change of heart for Lee County school board member Mary Fischer is leaving a black eye for the County in the eyes of many of you, like Laurie from North Fort Myers.
"They haven't done diddly squat to promote anything and every kid needs an education, the right way and the proper way," she said.
Fischer says she was misinformed when she made the tie-breaking vote last week to opt out of state standardized testing. Her rescinded vote this week means it's back to the drawing board for the school board.
Superintendent Nancy Graham says she now has an advisory board of 12 people who will be working on what it really means for the future if the County were to opt out of testing.
Michael from Cape Coral worries for students.
He said, "I think that reversing the decision about common core was ridiculous and it's going to give an inferior education to our children."
A former Lee County student sent us an email admitting she is struggling through college after graduating top of her class. She writes in part, "As students we have been taught and conditioned to strategize and plan for our test, I think it is some good advice for the school board to strategize and plan for their big decisions next time."
Another viewer sees the bright side for the Sunshine State posting to Facebook, "Glad we put this silliness behind us. I am so proud of the board member that was brave enough to admit she made a mistake and was misinformed."
The Lee County school board has another meeting planned next week.