Ethan’s Law: Florida’s petty legislators refuse to use Ethan’s name

26 Mar

Corruption, Corruption, Corruption! Why does it keep coming back?

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Politicians in Florida are dysfunctional, petty and cruel.
When the story of the infliction of a mandated high stakes testing on a dying, blind, brain damaged child with cerebral palsy, Ethan Rediske, finally received full national attention, Ethan had just died. His mother, Andrea, had previously written a simple and clear letter prior to his death requesting that the insane demands by the Florida Board of Education and the State of Florida cease. The letter was included in the news coverage.

Ethan’s mom was then slammed by some members of the press for even attempting to opt-out of the test. Less than a month after Ethan’s death, Florida Secretary of Education Pam Stewart sent a letter to all of the state’s teachers demeaning Ethan’s mom without mentioning Ethan or Andrea by name. A law, Ethan’s Law, was introduced in order to simply exempt children such as Ethan from being subjected…

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “Ethan’s Law: Florida’s petty legislators refuse to use Ethan’s name

  1. Cathy Bacot

    November 17, 2014 at 07:57

    My daughter is in 10th grade this year she has brain cancer; she is missing 80% of her cerebellum from surgery to remove a 5cm tumor when she was 4 years old; she cannot write or type proficiently because of her brain injury; she uses a gait trainer or wheelchair to ambulate; she has epilepsy; she has damage to her grey matter from 12 years of different chemotherapy treatments; she has expressive aphasia; ataxia; apraxia. She is in school full time, she took the FCAT in 5th grade and scored a 4, she is very intelligent. She has a one on one para at school to assist her with physical as well as academic tasks. It took her 9 days to complete the FCAT reading test when she was in 5th grade. It was exhausting for her and she cried every morning before going to school to take the test because she did not want to sit alone in that class room another day and read and answer questions. It takes her a very long time to read even though she knows all the words because she processes much more slowly than the average person. In the classroom she is allowed to use books on tape or have her para read long passages to her, but this accommodation is not allowed on statewide standardized tests. This year she is required to take the new ELA in order to qualify for a standard diploma. She is a straight A student, she works extremely hard to maintain her good grades and deserves a standard diploma. We were told that even with all her disabilities she is required to take the test. This year there is a writing segment included in the test which was not included in past years. She is expected to type out essays when they know that she is physically unable to do this. They said they would work on getting her a designated person that she can dictate to in order to complete this part of the test. Can you imagine how that will go? Most people have a hard time understanding my daughter because of her apraxia, that paired with her aphasia and just being a kid who is probably not too comfortable with sharing her ideas out loud with a complete stranger is a recipe for disaster. And this is just the ELA I haven’t even gotten started with the Algebra EOC. These tests are going to require hours upon hours of testing for her, days of doing nothing but sitting in a classroom taking a test that most kids finish in just a couple of hours. I am going to try and get the new exemption under the Child With Medical Complexity subsection for her, but I’m not sure if she qualifies. It seems like they are limiting the exemption to kids who have no motor or language function, but I am going to give it a shot. I will keep you posted on what happens. If anyone has any advise for me regarding this, I welcome it.

  2. jprealini

    November 17, 2014 at 15:50

    Outrageous, but where is the outrage from our elected Leaders?
    No Corporation Left Behind while we Race to the Top over our children’s backs!

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      November 17, 2014 at 16:34

      And the same forces are going after the teachers’ retirement plans to loot them too—that’s as soon as they are done stripping teachers of due process rights.

      • jprealini

        November 17, 2014 at 17:25

        This isn’t pretty, but think about it.
        Principals (actually they are really site administrators now) get their way.
        They start moving veteran teachers out in favor of Common Core Savy TFA’s.
        They overwork the leftovers because the TEST results reflect on them too.
        The site administrators quit under pressure because they don’t know what a classroom is supposed to be anymore..
        No one wants to teach. Low pay, terrible conditions, no pension. TFA goes bankrupt !
        Dumb & Dumber 3 comes out and nobody cares about school damit!
        The system is then broken and we’re back to where only the elite can afford a K12 education (using the veterans that were run off BTW).
        Dumb & Dumber 4 comes out but hardly anyone can see it because most can’t afford the new technology to watch it, the new Gates Glass cerebral implant.
        Dumb & Dumber 5 comes out, it’s just a bunch of selfies and pictures from abandoned websites.
        James Madison the fourteenth watches with his wife Doilly as the last moving truck departs for Shanghai with the sold at Soethby’s cracked, barely legible last original copy of the Declaration of Independence. The Whitehouse is then burned down so that Pogo Terrapin can resettle in foggy bottom.
        G’night I’m going home now and watch highly paid professional athletes give each other brain damage of their own free will.

      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        November 17, 2014 at 20:13

        I was thinking more like robots would be manufactured to replace the 99% and then the robots would serve the !% until some mad programmer who survived the killing fields sends a virus into the robots’ programming that turns them against the 1% and then all that’s left is self replicating robots who build spaceships to population the universe with self replicating robots programs to kill anything that’s biological.

      • jprealini

        November 18, 2014 at 07:06

        iRobot meets episode 32 of the original Star Trek series. 😉

      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        November 18, 2014 at 08:23

        What about Dr. Who’s Delek?


      • jprealini

        November 18, 2014 at 10:09

        I think we teachers are “weathering the storm” waiting for the Common Core fad to fade. I’m afraid that the “storm” is actually an F5 tornado and we’ll emerge afterwards to a completely wrecked system. Only it’s not a passing storm we can wait out.
        NCLB/RTT/Common Core are a cancer eating our system metastasizing into Charter Schools with vouchers for anti-bodies. There is no Affordable Healthcare available to diagnose the disease to the Leaders who plunge along with the latest hi-tech corporate cures thinking their are treating a virus not realizing that the system is dying from something far worse.

        Who is actually working to fix the problem and stop the madness?

        When will the public actually be informed about the attack on on education system?

      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        November 18, 2014 at 10:49

        Who is actually working to fix the problem and stop the madness?

        Not many elected representatives—that’s for sure.

        But, Diane Ravitch is hard at work fighting back through her Blog, public events:

        and her Website:

        Ravitch’s Blog averages 20k to 70k visitors a day.

        In addition, there’s the Education Bloggers Network with several hundred members and many have Blogs. A sampling may be found at:

        Then there is the Bad Ass Teachers Association with more than 50,000 members spread across the U.S. They are making a lot of noise.

        There are other groups: Parents, students, and teachers. I read about them all the time on Ravitch’s blog.

        For instance:

        When will the public actually be informed about the attack on on education system?

        The public is slowly becoming informed but not by the mainstream media—-and this includes NPR and PBS—-that is controlled or owned by the many of the same billionaires who are at war with public education, teachers and teachers’ unions. The public is learning through the Internet and public opinion is changing in favor of the public schools and against CCSS and this testing madness. Gallup polls for the last few years have documented the shift in public opinion as the public learns.

        At the same time, the billionaire oligarchs—for instance, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Bloomberg—have stepped out their spending on propaganda to fool as many people as possible.

        This is a WAR! Millions of teachers, students and parents are fighting back against a small group of extremely super wealthy billionaires. The resistance has millions of people. The billionaires have billions of dollars.

        This is a WAR between the people and the oligarchs—some of the billionares were named above, but there are others and they fight dirty and they are mean.

        National Opposition to Common Core Continues to Grow

        “As parents and educators become increasingly vocal against Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the national movement against the federal standards continues to gain power.”

      • jprealini

        November 18, 2014 at 12:22

        OK, but right now it feels like we’re fighting a forest fire with a squirt gun.

      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        November 18, 2014 at 18:11

        Squirt guns, yes, but we have thousands of squirt guns. Maybe we can switch those out for Super Soakers with big water tanks on them. And forest fires burn out eventually even if we can’t dump enough water on them. And to keep a fire from spreading, we can clear cut around it and even start controlled burns.


        And, at least we are not fighting this alone. There is a growing army fighting back.

  3. jprealini

    November 18, 2014 at 10:10

    Here’s a thought: “It’s the economy stupid!”
    James Carville

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      November 18, 2014 at 10:37

      An economy based on a profit driven mania built on a foundation of corporate debt where profits must always be more the next quarter.


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