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Florida Board of Education to set its legislative priorities



The Florida Legislature kicks off its committee weeks on Monday. So what better time to stake out some priorities for the 2012 session.

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will consider its agenda for the year. The recommendations focus on changing accountability standards, adding focus to prekindergarten teachings, and expanding virtual school rules.

The board would:

  • Do away with Adequate Yearly Progress standards when rating schools as low performing, using only a school's state grade.
  • Require testing and auditing for schools that receive McKay scholarships to match those for schools that take corporate tax credit scholarships.
  • Give Florida Virtual School the authority and responsibility of a school district. FLVS students would be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities in the school districts they would be assigned to. 
  • Require all public and private prekindergarten programs in VPK to use an "evidence-based curriculum" approved by the Department of Education

No mention of teacher evaluations, continuing contracts or the like. What would be your legislative priority for the upcoming session?

[Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 12:17pm]


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