The event in Orlando went extremely well this weekend: we had approximately 400 people attend the Standardized film premier! We owe a heartfelt thanks to all attendees, to the panelists who spoke with the public in the Q&A session afterward, and to Dan Hornberger of Rockfish Productions. Among the great things that happened, Florida House Representative Karen Castor-Dentel announced at the event that she has submitted an opt bill proposal to the Florida House. We’re awaiting details on her proposal, but this is a major step for Florida. Supporting Karen’s bill means more support for our kids, teachers, and public schools. We’ll keep you filled in on the details as they develop!
Thanks to Our Panelists
Mike Archer: nationally board certified High School English teacher and served on the Review Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative for English and Language Arts.
Karen Castor-Dentel: parent, public school teacher, and member of the Florida House of Representatives – District 30.
Nicholas M. Cutro, Psy.S., NCSP: President of the Orange County Association of School Psychologists and member of the Executive Board for the Florida Association of School Psychologists.
Pat Deutschman was elected to the Citrus County School in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Lourdes Perez: founder and President of HispanEduca, a nonprofit, whose mission is to make education policy and reform accessible to Hispanic parents, school counselors and teachers, to help them become education policy influencers and shapers.
Royellen Moore: former Assistant State Attorney (1988-2008) who successfully refused testing for her son in the third grade.
Rick Roach: the longest serving school board member in Orange County Public Schools. In 2011, he took a legal version of the 10th grade FCAT and scored poorly. His results were reported in the Washington Post and went viral. Diane Ravitch called Rick a hero for his work toward implementing multiple measures to assess children in school, with less emphasis on standardized testing.
Darren Soto: elected to the Florida House of Representatives – District 49. He has been a critical voice in defeating attempts to convert Florida to non-judicial foreclosures, stopping the split of the Florida Supreme Court and blocking a proposed anti-Hispanic Arizona-Styled immigration law in Florida.
Jay Wheeler: parent and Osceola School Board member since 2002. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition.