LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Tuesday morning, a historic move affecting thousands of Lee County children could be reversed. The school board could change its decision to opt out of high stakes tests from the state.
Last week, board member Mary Fischer called for the emergency meeting after having second thoughts about her vote to opt out.
Fischer spoke to WINK News over the phone saying she will rescind her vote Tuesday. But she wants to make it clear, even though she's changing her vote, she still doesn't agree with state mandating testing. She just wants the school board to come up with a better alternative.
"I was devastated that I heard she wanted to rescind her vote," said Lee County mother Lori Fayhee. Fayhee says opting out of high stakes testing from the state is the right thing to do.
"There's a whole community of people working with the board. Talking with the board. And trying to reduce some of this testing," she said.
But Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham urged caution after last week's controversial school board vote, saying funding, diplomas, scholarships and teacher pay could all be at risk. "End of course exams count for 30 percent of a childs' grade. If they have a zero, for 30 percent of their grade, their GPA is going to be impacted," Dr. Graham explained.
WINK News put together a timeline to show you how quickly this whole controversy unfolded.
August 12th - The school board voted to look into opting out.
August 27th - Board members voted yes to opting out altogether.
August 28th - Superintendent Dr. Graham met with principals and said there are many uncertainties.
August 29th - Board member Mary Fischer, in a sudden, surprising move, asked the board to rescind their yes votes.
September 2nd - A new meeting will take place, 8:30am, Lee County School District headquarters.
Fayhee says she'll be there, although like other parents WINK News has spoken to, she is concerned about the early start time.
"Most our our parents, all of our teachers, are working," Fayhee said.
The other two board members who voted "yes" to opting out say they will not change their votes.
At this point, we don't know what will happen next if the board reverses its decision. Count on WINK News to have a team of reporters at school district headquarters Tuesday morning.