LEE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News has team coverage, including reaction from Steve Tueber, who's running against current school board member Don Armstong. Teuber calls high stakes testing across the state "too severe," but says he feels the school board used the wrong tactic to tackle the issue.
Steve Teuber is running against board member Don Armstrong in the November election. He says there are other ways of achieving the same goal, getting rid of high stakes testing, without risks. "Because of what they did, they put our kids in harms way," Teuber said.
He thinks the school board attorney should of filed a lawsuit against the state. "The lawsuit would require the state to give back control to the districts and at the same time, direct Dr. Nancy Graham specifically get us assessments we're going to use."
He is also concerned with the possible consequences of Wednesdays vote to "opt out" of state mandated testing "If the state chooses to withhold our funding, there's $280 million, that's going to mean a 40 percent reduction in pay for everybody in the school district. People say well, it's not going to happen. But it could."
But board member Don Armstrong, who is behind the push to opt out, voted "yes" along with Mary Fischer and Tom Scott. "It's uncomfortable for some people because it's change. And we all know, nobody likes change, you know, but this is a change for the better," said Armstrong.
Armstong says, no matter what, he's not going to change his mind. "I'm going to tell you what I believe, and I'm going to stick to it," he said.
The special board meeting is going to happen Tuesday at 8:30am. That's when Mary Fischer is calling members to rescind their votes.