Collier County, Fla. - The testing debate that's been playing out in Lee County will be front and center when a new board member takes over her seat in Collier County. Kelly Lichter tells WINK News she was hoping the Lee County School Board would stand by its decision to opt out on high-stakes testing.
"Its disappointing," said Lichter. "I also think its brought attention to other people who have not been paying attention to this issue and want to find out more."
Lichter is a former teacher in Collier County. She plans on addressing if opting out is what parents want when she takes over her seat for District One in November. WINK News found out
there's even an opt-out Collier Facebook page trying to bring parents together.
"I think we're missing the boat on the higher aims of education and I think that's what people are starting to see," said Lichter. "There is more to education than passing some high stakes test."
WINK News tracked down Governor Rick Scott today who said assessments are important to education. The Governor tells us, the Lee County School Board made the right choice by reversing its decision.
"One thing they've got to understand is they have to think through the unintended consequences of this," said Governor Scott. "How is this going to impact our students? Will it impact federal funding? Will it impact their ability to get into the best colleges?"