Florida lawmakers should listen to the experts on education, Sen. Fasano says
First came the call to listen to students. Now comes a proposal to give Florida's education experts more of a voice when it comes to changing the state's schooling systems.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, a New Port Richey Republican who usually doesn't delve into education politics, has filed legislation (SB 318) that would create a K-12 Education Commission made up of 11 public school employees, primarily instructors, and 10 representatives of other education stakeholders including parents, employees of nonpublic schools, retired educators and community advocates.
The governor, Senate president, House speaker and State Board of Education would appoint members to the commission, which would "review all aspects of the delivery of education in the state, including, but not limited to, administration, assessment, budget, community support, parental involvement, curriculum, English for speakers of other languages, exceptional student education, facilities, noninstructional personnel, scheduling, student education and involvement, and teacher or instructional support."
He told the Gradebook that he put forth the idea at the request of four teachers.
"I liked their proposal to bring in the best minds from around the state and my staff began working with them to draft the bill. SB 318 was the result of several meetings, phone calls and e-mails," Fasano said via e-mail. "I support innovative ideas to help Florida continue to improve public education. I am looking forward to not only seeing the bill become law, but to eventually reviewing the commission’s recommendations once they are presented. I believe that as many proposals as possible should be shared as the legislature and the education community work together to make Florida’s education system the best in the nation."