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Bachelor's degrees for pre-k teachers



Charlie_crist_w Is Charlie Crist serious about his pledge to push for a state requirement that prekindergarten teachers must have bachelor's degrees?

If he's not, he might have his parents to answer to.

Dr. Charles and Mrs. Nancy Crist - mom and dad to the governor - are the honorary co-chairs of this year's effort by the Children's Campaign and Generations United to get Florida lawmakers to change the state Voluntary Pre-K law so that the teaching degree is mandatory, rather than an "aspirational goal."

"We can change Florida’s future by changing one word," reads the letter that bears their names, along with those of several past governors. "Please join all of us as we work to honor the promise made to every parent and grandparent that Florida will deliver a high quality early education to our children."

Gov. Crist said he supported the degree requirement back in April. Since then, though, little has happened - either in the Capitol or the Governor's Office - to push the matter. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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