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Five interesting things about Rick Scott's education team plan



The recommendations coming from Florida governor-elect Rick Scott's education transition team sure are intriguing. Many promise to generate heated debate.

Five we'll be watching (besides the obvious education savings plan and teacher "tenure" issues) are:

  • "Gradually move the majority of the Florida Education Finance Plan (FEFP) to a course completion vs. seat time model"
  • "Provide a "parent trigger" policy to allow for a majority vote of the parents to trigger a school turn-around solution selected by the parents"
  • "Allow students to graduate from high school early and offer them a college scholarship equal to 50% of the amount the state would have spent on the last year of high school"
  • "Revise the definition of "core" courses for purposes of implementation of constitutional class size requirements"
  • "Revise the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program to increase the minimum SAT score for receipt of a scholarship to ensure the scholarship is merit-based"

Of course, that depends upon the proposals gaining traction. House Speaker Pro Tem John Legg reminds the Gradebook that the 21 pages are suggestions from a transition team only. "I wonder what recommendations he'll adopt," said Legg, who also pointedly noted that the Legislature will need to go along.

Any predictions?

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:25pm]


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