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Another state looks to Florida for education ideas



It's apparently vogue, particularly out West, to consider adopting some or all of Florida's education system as states look to improve academic achievement.

We've seen news of Oklahoma, Utah, Nevada and Arizona looking into our school grading methods, among other ideas. Now up, New Mexico.

State lawmakers there aren't keen on every one of Florida's efforts. Vouchers aren't too popular in New Mexico, for instance. But the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that leaders like the concept of alternative teacher certification, Florida's emphasis on reading and maybe even school grades.

"Though a Republican governor is coming in, and (presenter Matthew) Ladner is from a conservative think-tank organization, good results are good results, and I don't care where they come from," said state Sen. Stephen H. Fischmann, a Democrat who convened the session on education reform.

[Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 4:01pm]


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