A reader in Florida saw the description of the Rocketship charters, where students get no art or music. She was not surprised because her child’s school has neither art nor music, just testing:
“My children attend a Title I school in Florida called Triangle Elementary in Mount Dora. They have no art class, no music class, and no recess (my children are 6 and 8). Florida puts all its emphasis on high-stakes testing, and this is the norm unfortunately, unless you can afford private school.”
Florida was one of the two highest rated states on Michelle Rhee’s report card. Providing the arts and a full curriculum does not qualify as education reform in her ranking system. Only testing and pro privatization policies.