The state Board of Education’s decision last week to inflate school grades for a second year was widely praised by parents and educators, but it also exposed a hard-to-miss rift between the closest allies of former Gov. Jeb Bush and those who back Gov. Rick Scott.
The 4-3 decision to reduce the number of F schools in the state by almost 60 percent was divided along Bush-Scott lines, with Bush allies against.
None of the seven board members nor Education Commissioner Tony Bennett would to speak with the Herald/Times about last Tuesday’s vote.
Their silence, however, has fueled speculation about the motives on each side. Scott allies have been accused of padding grades to help Scott’s reelection prospects.