'Best & Brightest' bonus plan easily advances to Florida House floor
A comprehensive education reform package -- which includes controversial bonuses for K-12 schoolteachers based on how well they did on the ACT/SAT -- cleared its only House committee on Thursday and is headed to the chamber floor for consideration.
Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, is the lead sponsor of House Bill 7043 -- a work product of the House Education Committee last fall. It had been referred to only one committee -- Fresen's education budget committee -- which passed it 9-4, with the panel's Democrats in opposition.
Bills typically have multiple committee references, which can increase the difficulty of passage. The fact that Fresen's was referred to just one reinforces its status as a priority for House leadership.