Gov. Scott a No-Show at "Governor's Education Summit"; Gets Trolled by "Badass Teachers Association"

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UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Jackie Schutz says "Governor Scott asked Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to convene the summit to provide the opportunity to openly discuss ideas and options to continue improving Florida's public school system. Governor Scott was not scheduled to attend." She also provided a list of invitees, posted atthe end of this blog.

So.... Monday through today, Rick Scott has been holding "Governor Rick Scott's Education Accountability Summit" -- an event that's touted as "historic" on the state's website.

Except that um, er, uh... We're hearing that Rick Scott has not been in attendance. An agenda shows that duties have been handed off to Department of Education staff. The governor's agenda shows he's been having normal days at the office. He hasn't Tweeted since August 23rd, when he was busy bragging about his purple tie and seeing the Orlando City Lions soccer team. An e-mail was sent late last night to his office to see what he was doing besides attending this rare and important event. (He always makes it to his hurricane summits!)

Some teachers are complaining that the education summit is being held during school hours, at the very critical beginning of the school year, when most teachers cannot attend -- but corporate bigwigs can. State senator Dwight Bullard said that mostly white men showed up.

This has fired up an already-fired-up group called the Badass Teachers Association. This group is tired of public schools getting decimated while students and dollars get sucked away to charter schools that are really investment vehicles. It's tired of standardized testing that only benefits the corporations that administer it. The BATS want teachers to be trusted in the classroom, and to stomp out the idea that bad-teachers-who-can't-be-fired bogeymen are the cause for all education ills.

Though the BATs hail from all around the country,and are organized through a closed Facebook group, they jump in where needed, and Rick Scott is just too rich a target. He likes to tout himself as strong on education, but he can be tricky -- he took credit for phasing out the FCAT (even though that change was underway before he took office) or when he took credit for putting $1 billion into the education budget after it had been sliced by $1.3 billion the year prior. While he has pushed for teacher raises, he is still largely seen as a pro-privatization guy following in Jeb Bush's shadow.

Michael Weston, a BATs leader in Florida and candidate for School Board in Hillsborough County, is attending the summit and sending dispatches. From his blog,

What was conspicuously absent from today's kick-off of the Governor's Florida Education Summit, a governor, may prove a telling roadmap to the summit's conclusions...The panel is a virtual who's-who of Florida education deform. Well represented are the State Legislators that brought us SB736, the Teacher Blame Act, and its punishing teacher evaluation methodology. No problems there. Jeb Bush, the founder of the A-F school grading system is well represented by his Foundation; don't look here for trouble. Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart will be blindly steadfast in her support of common-core; she finds it the "best decision for the future of our students". She can't possibly know why it is the best decision, it just is. No issues in that office (where is Tony Bennett now?).

(Tony Bennett is the state's education commissioner who was recently forced to resign after he was caught changing the grade of a charter school from a C to an A in order to please a corporate master. )

The other BATs are using their BAT power to pull off a BAT action: trolling Rick Scott on Facebook, Twitter, and his phone line.

On Scott's Facebook page, which he mainly uses to post pictures of his grandbabies, angry teachers are saying things like:

"Our children are NOT commodities. Our children are NOT goods to be used for investment purposes. Our children and students are precious and unique. Our wonderful public school teachers deserve far more respect than you have shown. The latest slap in the face is to hold an education summit when teachers cannot attend! We know why and we will make it known far and wide."


Invited by Governor Scott and Commissioner Stewart with the assistance of education partners:

Gary Chartrand
State Board of Education

Marshall Criser
Business Community Leader

Mark Wilson
Business Community Leader

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Miami-Dade County

Superintendent Joe Joyner
St. Johns County

Superintendent Bill Husfelt
Bay County

Patricia Levesque
Foundation for Florida's Future

Andy Ford
Florida Education Association

Jeff Wright
Florida Education Association

Joanne McCall
Florida Education Association

Patty Hightower
School Board Chair, Escambia County

Wayne Blanton
Florida School Boards Association

Eileen Segal
Florida PTA

Linda Kearschner

Juhan Mixon
Florida Association of School Administrators

Laura Zorc
Parent, Florida Parents Against Common Core

Anthony Lockhart
School Principal, Atlantic Community High, Palm Beach County

John Kirtley
Florida Charter School Alliance

Doug Tuthill
Step Up For Students

Keith Calloway
Professional Educators Network, Broward County

Steve Chambers
Professional Educators Network, Okaloosa County

Dorina Sackman
2014 Teacher of the Year, Orange County

Alex Lopes
2013 Teacher of the Year, Miami-Dade County

Apryl Shackelford
Teacher of the Year, Duval County

Jennifer Grove
Business Community Leader, Workforce Florida Inc. Vice Chair

Randy Osborne
Community Leader

Joe Gruters
CPA, Sarasota County

Mark Wilson
Florida Chamber of Commerce

Maureen Wilt
Florida Power & Light

Invited by President Gaetz:

Senator John Thrasher
Senator John Legg
Senator Bill Galvano
Senator Bill Montford

Invited by Speaker Weatherford:
Representative Marlene O'Toole
Representative Erik Fresen
Representative Janet Adkins
Representative Reggie Fullwood

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Looks like teachers are through with being "nice".  Good for them---long overdue!  Look what Jeb Bush and Scott have done to their profession in FL.   Who would want to teach in FL now? The exodus of teachers will probably begin in earnest next June.  FL will have to rely on the 5-week trained TFA's to staff their classrooms.  

Loki Luck III
Loki Luck III

Actually, that's a State Constitutional issue on recalling the governor.

Joe Mason
Joe Mason

with A Huge Republican Majority In the Fl. legislator Not Going to Happen Rick Scott veto 3 bills that would allow Fl. voters to Recall on the state level

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

Can we please impeach this asshole? Im Done. Thanks!

Joe Mason
Joe Mason

what happened to his Hacked teachers for rick Scott Campaign video that The Scott Admin Edited for his re election without the teachers Knowledge to Make Scott look good

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