Longtime FCAT critic and Miami Sen. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who feels vindicated in light of the mis-scoring scandal, just sent out this letter that kind of raps Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, for his refusal to have statewide hearings on the high-stakes test earlier this year:
"For several years I have heard from parents and students at town hall meetings and public hearings about the many problems that are involved with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and score usage. For years I have asked for an investigation into the FCAT.
"I wrote to Senator Don Gaetz, Chair of the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee on January 26, 2007, requesting that he have the committee go around the state to hear from the people. This request was refused. A copy of that letter is attached.
"I was pleased to read in the May 26th Miami Herald that Senator Gaetz realizes that there are valid concerns and that he wants the committee to investigate FCAT problems. I have also attached a copy of the article for your convenience."