ESOL bill clears first hurdle
A bill to reduce the amount of ESOL training for reading specialists from 300 hours to 60 hours won near unanimous support in the Florida Senate today.
Just four senators who represent portions of Miami-Dade County - Republicans Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Rudy Garcia and Alex Villalobos, and Democrat Nan Rich - opposed the measure (SB 286), which has received support from frustrated teachers but derision from groups that advocate on behalf of students who are still learning English.
The bill has a companion still moving its way through the House, where the Schools and Learning Council has given its unanimous support. Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed the concept last year; he has not indicated his position this session.