Friday, November 20, 2015

What isn't being mentioned about Tuesday's Board of Ed vote

First of all, here's the language the Board of Ed voted in on Tuesday:

Notes via reporter Amelia Pak-Harvey from Rhoda Schneider, DESE legal counsel. 
 What's gotten reported is that the amendment was voted in 7-4, while the whole item was adopted 8-3. That's true, but it misses something crucial that happened: only four members voted 'yes' on both: Vice-Chair James Morton, Margaret McKenna, Penny Noyce, and Roland Fryer.

On the amendment to hold schools harmless in 2016 and 2017 "for any negative changes in their school and district accountability levels based on test scores," proposed by Margaret McKenna, the votes opposed were Chair Sagan, Secretary Peyser, Katherine Craven, and Michael Moriarty.

On the full item on testing, as I mentioned, the votes against were Mary Ann Stewart, Donald Willyard, and Ed Doherty. As mentioned elsewhere, that's be parent rep, the student rep, and the labor rep (a former teacher).

Thus there was a huge swing in votes between those who supported the extension of the hold harmless provision, and those who supported the Commissioner's proposal (as amended).

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