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WHO WE ARE
This blog is no longer an outlet for The League of Women Voters in Florida. Sue Legg has ‘retired’ as the LWVF Education Team Chair. She will continue to maintain the content from previous posts for your information. New directions will be decided as she is able to resolve a health issue.
Sue Legg holds the Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation. Early in her career, she taught in public schools, and later she directed the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) at the University of Florida. Her experience at OIR included the management of several statewide K-12 and college assessment programs for the Florida Department of Education. She was Coordinator of Distance Education at U.F., directed C.I.R.C.A. computing labs, and oversaw a number of other units.
Sue was Chair of the College Board National Advisory Committee for two terms. She headed both state and national professional associations and directed the Partnership in Global Learning (PGL), a consortium of universities in Brazil, Mexico and Florida to collaborate on instructional design for online learning. Under her leadership, OIR managed the Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT); CIRCA, the campus wide computing labs and Help Desk; classroom technologies; media, and tutoring units. For more information see:
WHY A BLOG?
The blog will continue to be a forum to promote the exchange of information on school reform. We encourage posts with reference citations that contribute to a better understanding of different points of view about school choice issues. School choice programs are designed to give parents a wide variety of choices to educate their children. Traditional public schools have many options to meet children’s differing needs. Charter schools are public schools, but they are privately owned and managed under contract to a state approved authorizer. They are funded directly by state legislatures. Private schools may receive corporate tax credit scholarships, and these schools typically do not have to meet the same requirements for curriculum standards, assessments, or teacher certification
The original intent of school choice alternatives was primarily to foster innovation in teaching and learning strategies to help close the achievement gap between students from primarily low income, minority families and students from more affluent families. Evidence is slim that this approach is working. There are, moreover, strong indications that choice programs have some seriously negative unintended consequences. These problems must be corrected.
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