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Florida lawmakers to consider red tape repeals for schools



Back in September, Gov. Rick Scott called for reductions in bureaucracy, paperwork and other red tape that gets in the way of public schools performing their main task of education. He convened a committee of superintendents, which made several recommendations in November.

Now it's the Legislature's turn to weigh in.

The House K-12 Education subcommittee on Wednesday takes up a proposal to eliminate some statutory requirements placed on schools and districts that might be getting in the way. Some of these are no longer in use, such as a pilot project offering alternative graduation credits for industrial certification programs, and a mandate that ninth-graders pick major areas of interest for their studies.

Others are used more often, such as the general requirements for high school graduation.

The bill also would eliminate the Department of Education parent response center, the state's Transition to Teaching program and the defunct School Infrastructure Thrift program. Most of these have little to do with improving teachers' time with students. Perhaps another round of repealers is on its way in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. The K-12 subcommittee meets at 3:30 p.m. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:19am]


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