LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Wednesday night, the Lee County School Board voted to opt out of state-mandated testing. It was an unprecedented vote and what happens next is still up in the air. WINK News investigated to find out what's next for students, teachers and taxpayers in Lee county.
We asked viewers what they wanted to know. A big question: what does that mean for funding? We asked Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham and we learned that schools could be denied millions state funding. "Could" is the key word right now. She said revenues could be impacted by 33% along with grants and the ability to borrow.
Another question we got was, will charter schools be affected by this? Colleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Charter Schools USA, which operates five schools in Lee County, tells our partners at the News-Press that at this point, she's unsure.
And, one viewer asked: can parents opt in for testing if they support it? District Spokesperson Amity Chandler tells us, "not as of today."
Bottom line this just happened and for many of these questions, it's just too soon to have an absolute answer.