Education odds and ends in the Florida Legislature
They may not be as big issues as end-of-course exams or teacher tenure. And maybe they don't stand a chance of passing. But how could we begin a session of the Florida Legislature without some of our favorite tried (and tried and tried) bills?
Coming up — again — this year:
- An effort to ban kids from showing their underwear in schools,
- An attempt to force Miami-Dade to have an elected superintendent,
- A proposal to allow "inspirational messages" including prayer at noncompulsory high school events.
Last year, committee chairmen didn't give these concepts much room, saying they wanted to focus on more important things (not to mention ideas that had a chance to pass). Maybe they'll stick to that again this year.
After all, do we really want hot debate over prayer and panties? Or would Florida students be better served with a discussion about requiring all teachers-in-training to spend time in the field learning about how to teach low-performing students about reading.