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ESOL, school governance up for vote



Bc_before A House bill (HB 491) to reduce the ESOL training requirements for reading specialists has roused passions on this blog from time to time (see post and comments here). Some fed up teachers can't wait to see it happen, while some teacher trainers say it's a horrid idea and want Gov. Crist to veto the bill again (if it even gets to his desk).

This morning, the House Schools and Learning Council will take up the proposal. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. You can watch the hearing on the Internet from the House web site,

Oh, yeah. The council also will take up the controversial joint resolution to elect an education commissioner, overhaul the Board of Governors and give lawmakers control over tuition. (For some info on that proposal, see this past post.)

To view the entire meeting packet, click here. And don't get too distracted from work while watching.

UPDATE: The council unanimously adopted the ESOL bill this morning. Read this Miami Herald story for more. The council also voted 9-6 in favor of the education governance reorganization, our sister blog the Buzz reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]


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