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Is Florida the "reformiest" of them all?



The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, run by former Reagan Administration education official Chester Finn, is known for its partiality to education initiatives that change the status quo. Things like those pushed by Florida under Jeb Bush and his successors.

Now the Institute has a question: Which state is the "reformiest"?

It has pitted Florida against Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois for Education Reform Idol 2011. Each state has a spokesperson -- ours is Patricia Levesque -- to make the case for why its efforts are the best. Then at 8:30 a.m. Thursday Aug. 11 (that's a week from today) the group will have an online event, with voters getting to choose the reformiest state.

To make Florida's case, Levesque cites as example No. 1 the passage of Senate Bill 736. But that's not all. She also writes about the state's new digital learning law, its effort to drop barriers for charter schools and its expansion of voucher programs.

"Florida is an education-reform leader. But we believe success is never final, so reform is never finished. So, this year, Florida leaders took dramatic steps to further improve the quality of public education. Our state challenged conventionalities, advanced bold reforms, and fought to bring our students the learning experience they deserve."

See the arguments made by the representatives from the other states, too. Then you decide. Is Florida the reformiest of them all?

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:45am]


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