Florida education lawmaker focuses on Race to the Top
Heading toward the 2010 Florida legislative session, House Pre-K-12 Policy chairman John Legg has his eyes on the prize known as President Obama's $4.4 billion Race to the Top fund.
Legg tells the Gradebook that Florida as poised to claim a big chunk of the money, he plans to direct major policy initiatives toward sealing the deal. Key proposals toward that end will be:
- Increasing high school graduation rates, perhaps by adjusting the state's high school grading formula to give incentives for bringing dropouts back to school.
- Increasing SAT and ACT scores
- Creating programs to better prepare students for key transition grades (kindergarten, sixth and ninth)
"We have to head this direction in order to be eligible for the Race to the Top funds," Legg said. "Everything in our committees will tie to the four goals."