Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2018 6:33 AM
At yesterday’s Tri-County School Board meeting of the Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee County School Boards, I asked you why you would make a public accusation against Manatee Schools in your role as President of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members. I reminded our Board colleagues that not only did the Florida Department of Education find those allegations unfounded, but noted the practices employed with middle school students, in regards to the Civics EOC exam, was beneficial to the students. Honestly, all I was seeking was an apology from you, our neighboring county’s school board chairwoman, for an unfair accusation.
However, instead of a simple mea culpa, you instead chose to compound the false accusations by lying to everyone in the room – including our Board colleagues, Superintendents, staff and assembled media. Specifically, your defense of your actions in saying “Manatee County wasn’t named in the press release” is proven false by your own press release of Tuesday, June 26.
As you can see below, Manatee County was named in the subject line and body of the press release.
We, as board members, are role models for the students we serve. In leading those students, and our school districts, we must hold ourselves, and each other, to the highest ethical standards. Further, in our role as Board members, we should not only be held to account for our failures, but also rise to defend our employees and students from false accusations. For all of these reasons, I speak again to defend Manatee Schools.
School Board of Manatee County
Date: Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 10:51 AM
Subject: Testing Irregularities Cause Florida Coalition of School Board Members calls for investigation of school grade inflation in Duval, Manatee, and Polk Counties, pause of school grades release
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