About that idea to pay kids for good scores ...
The idea of giving students $50 awards for strong marks on a variety of high-level exams - touted by folks like Jeb Bush and put into a bill by Education Committee chair Anitere Flores - is not going to move through the Legislature, House Schools and Learning Council chairman Joe Pickens tells the Gradebook.
"We're not doing that," Pickens said. "I don't think we should be paying students to do that, especially in this type of budget year."
Key parts of the legislation dealing with remediation and dual enrollment will find their way into more acceptable bills, the powerful chairman said. But schools and parents need to find other ways to motivate their kids to learn and do well in school.
"I just think we ought to do better than that" bill, Pickens said.