Oh no! Yecke in the top three.

Your top three candidates for Florida Education Commissioner are: Joseph Marinelli, Eric Smith and Cheri Yecke.

Here are some good points made by the Palm Beach Post:

Pick an education leader who will break with Jeb

Cheri Pierson Yecke is the kind of candidate to avoid.

Dr. Yecke followed Mr. Warford as K-12 chancellor. Mr. Winn appointed her after she lost her job as education commissioner in Minnesota, in part because of her willingness to let schools teach creationism as an alternative to evolution. That typifies the ideological bent of Gov. Bush’s education department, which warped intended reforms. Jeb acolytes were so unwilling to question FCAT procedures and school grades that unqualified graders were hired and flawed tests approved.

More on why Yecke is a bad choice: here, here, and here to name a few. Most importantly, see What Minnesota Went Through.

Please consider getting the word out about this. Write letters to the editor, write to the governor, make some phone calls … let’s not get sucked into the same nightmare others have already dealt with. The final selection will be next month, Oct 8, I believe. There is no time to waste.

7 Responses to “Oh no! Yecke in the top three.”

  1. Jeff Solochek Says:

    For even more on the commissioner candidates and the search to this point, visit the St. Petersburg Times education blog The Gradebook at blogs.tamapabay.com.schools.

  2. Randall Says:

    Wait, is there an election or something, or is this one of those “write your congressperson and hope they’ll do the right thing” deals? Your use of the word “selection” worries me.

  3. TampaBay Blue Says:

    Can you post about this over at FLA politics?
    Thanks for the background I’ve linked to this at Tampa Bay blue.

  4. a Says:

    STATE something. Make a point.
    This indirect jumble of “Look elsewhere”, “Here are multiple links to related links”, etc, etc, is the stuff of bibliography and footnote, not of informative writing.

  5. Brandon Says:

    Randall: The school board is choosing the commissioner. No election.

    a: This post is just an “alert.” The links point to other places, both on this site and on other sites, where we did state things and make specific points.

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  7. Florida Citizens for Science » Blog Archive » Sigh of relief Says:

    […] You can take a tentative breath now. It looks like Cheri Yecke didn’t get the education commissioner post. There are still final contract negotiations with the selected finalist, Eric Smith, so there is always the chance something could go wrong. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, folks. […]