Fla. School Board Chair Resigns to Protest Scott

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 24, 2011 --

The chairman of the State Board of Education has resigned in protest of Education Commissioner Eric Smith's forced ouster by Gov. Rick Scott.

The remaining board members, meanwhile, held an emergency
meeting Thursday to launch a national search for a replacement.

Former chairman T. Willard Fair, a staunch ally of former Gov.
Jeb Bush, wrote in his letter of resignation that a national search
"flies in the face of reality that Governor Scott will choose his
new commissioner."

Fair's term expired in December but he stayed on because Scott
has not yet appointed his successor.

Fair also blasted Scott for failing to consult with the board or
Smith before forcing his resignation. Smith and board members said
Scott finally called them Wednesday after Fair had resigned.


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  • by James on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    It has been a long time coming. The DOE has fought for decades to shut out the privatization of school for those who felt deeply about not having to place their children in a public school decimated with incompetence, corruption, and crime committed against students. The voucher system would not hurt the public school systems had DOE and teachers' unions not been so dogmatic all these years about shutting out vouchers. They would not have grown into the huge conglomerate that it has become. Too large to repair. It has been proven so dramatically that home schooled students do so much better on various tests compared to the public school systems. Private schools are much more worth the dollar in value. Finally, a governor comes along who will dismantle this beast that has slapped parental rights in the face for fifty years.
  • by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM
    Good work Gov. Scott is not hate speech. Unfortunately, Denise uses negative characterizations of anyone who has a different point of view on the education debate. I got "mine" in a school that we had to open the windows to cool the classroom and there was certainly no such thing as after school programs. I listened in class, did my homework, and prepared for tests and because of my grade point average and SAT scores I was accepted in college. My large local property tax bill, of which fifty percent goes toward education, should be spent on educating children not fancy bricks and mortar. Do some research and you will be amazed on the amount of tax money NOT spent in the classroom, however, as we all realize from our own experience it is up to the pupil to excel in education.
  • by Denise Location: Tallahassee on Mar 24, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    Florida already had one of the lowest ranked school systems, and now Scott wants to dismantle it even further!!! Shame on all of you who have said "good work Gov. Scott"! How on earth can you be so filled with hate? The phrase "I've got mine now the hell with you." comes to mine. I no longer have children that age, but feel taxes are the price we pay for an educated society!
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      by Dee on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:39 AM in reply to Denise
      Our educational system needs dismantling - starting from the top. They get more and more money, but the results get worse and worse. Did it ever occur to you that Scott wants to make a system that works? Yes, parents not being involved and not valuing education is a big part too, but Scott can't do anything about that. All of you who have friends and relatives with kids in school can. As other comments have said - parents should volunteer at school and make sure homework gets done. Seems ridiculous to have to say, but kids should have been taught to respect authority and other people's property. So they go to school to learn, not to cause trouble. Bottom line, parents have responsibility for their child's education, along with the school.
  • by unmployed Location: fl on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    who won? i wish i hada job.
  • by Hayley on Mar 24, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    I don't blame him a bit. This way, he can't be blamed for the dumbing down of Florida school kids. Teaching kids tom pass a standardized test versus giving them an education.Having teachers' salaries depending on those tests is also NOT best for our children. Florida is going to he'll in a hand basket very quickly under this gov.
  • by Kent on Mar 24, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    That's the way to set an example to our kids Mr. Fair. When things do not go your way..............QUIT!!!
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    If only all the Progressive would follow T.willard fair's example and resign . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GOV. SCOTT.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    I totally agree with you and I cant wait till it happens.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Liberals also get involved in their child's education. I have a straight A student who is also in the gifted program.
  • by Johnny Location: Bloxham on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, Gov Scott
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