Intrepid Fox25 News reporter Joe Battenfeld went to the archives of … what, Beverly Cable Access? Anyway, he dug out a video from 2000 of Healey talking about how “frightening” the MCAS test was, and how we should think about a “tiered system” in which students who pass it get an “honors diploma” but other students can still graduate, and how it “doesn’t necessarily measure everything we need to measure” (yeah – maybe we should measure the “whole child,” right Kerry?). Not quite the tune she’s humming now. I love the bit where she says she “can’t remember” exactly what she thought back then.
Can’t remember, huh? Let’s go to the tape. (I’ve edited out some sections in which Deval Patrick states his position on MCAS – which is and always has been that MCAS should remain a graduation requirement, and in which they talk about the defection of Republican Gloria Larson to the Patrick/Murray ticket. You can see the whole thing here.)
Battenfeld’s right about the hairstyle, too. Another entry in the flip-flop box, coming up!