Democrats pessimistic about Florida education agenda as session approaches
With session rapidly approaching, at least one key Democrat has low hopes for Florida's public education system.
State Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, is the ranking minority member of the House K-20 Innovation subcommittee. He expects a year trying to stop more GOP ideas.
"Honestly, with everything that happened last year, I'm not sure what other destructive things can be done by the Legislature and the Republican leadership to public education this year," Kriseman told the Gradebook. "I mean, we've degraded teachers through the Son of 6 bill, we've expanded vouchers, we've expanded and made it easier for charter schools to be opened and stay open with what I think is less oversight. I guess maybe the only thing they could do is raise the standards so high that we start flunking more students out. Maybe that's the plan. I don't know."
Visit the Gradebook at noon on Saturday for our full interview with Rep. Kriseman.