(Editorial, Gainesville Sun)
During the campaign, Gov. Ron DeSantis took positions on education that were pure Republican red meat, mixed with a little wishful thinking. He vowed to expand school choice while slashing administrative costs, pay teachers more while streamlining performance-based incentives, and taking aim at Common Core benchmarks for curriculum and student progress.
DeSantis should remember that public schools are complex and high-stakes, with the future of more than 2.8 million young Floridians on the line. Over the past few decades, state leaders have subjected Florida’s public schools to several jarring shifts in direction. Many of the top-down changes have made it more difficult to maintain steady, stable progress, and nearly impossible to track real performance.