Governor Rick Scott has made educational reform a central part of his political agenda. Since his election, much has been heard about charter school funding, teacher evaluations, STEM degrees, and the implementation of the PARCC exams. On September 11th, 2012, Scott visited Southwest Senior High School in Miami-Dade, where educators voiced their concern of the equity and fairness of the way students with learning disabilities are graded and tested. In response, Scott stated "We are going to look at it. I mean the whole idea with this is we are getting information and saying what should we be focusing on".
To date, Scott has not addressed grading accountability and equal educational access for learning disabled students. This petition was started due to concern in the state of Florida of how accountability and equal opportunity for learning disabled students will be guaranteed in Florida with the upcoming educational reforms that are planned. As an accompanying text to this petition, a paper has been written inspired by the concerns of learning disabled students at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The paper can be read at goo.gl/AYLpN , and outlines the most pressing problems faced by our learning disabled students today. It is highly implored you read the paper before signing.
Since the early 1900’s, we have come a long way in civil rights for our disadvantaged students, but the struggle is not yet over. In order to ensure an equal and fair learning environment for all students, we must face the reality of the disadvantages some students face. Sign this petition to tell Governor Scott to make this issue a part of his agenda and to voice a plan on what actions he will take regarding this issue. Tell Governor Scott you demand the voice of learning disabled students be heard.