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Florida TaxWatch: SB 6 not perfect, but can be fixed later



In this new brief, Florida TaxWatch says the Legislature is right to put a big focus on teacher quality, given research that shows how much of a difference teachers make. It also politely makes a case that other SB 6 supporters have been making quietly - which is, the kinks will we worked out ... later.

Concerns and backlash expressed from affected parties on this comprehensive reform effort are certainly warranted—these changes are dramatic and fraught with details that may or may not have unintended consequences. But, as significant change is often painful and scary, especially in efforts of this magnitude, it is also necessary for Florida to push for reforms that ensure the state’s students are well armed to thrive and excel in the world’s economy. This package remains a work in progress, but as the Legislature continues to weigh the legislation’s pros and cons, it is important to point out that while incredibly ambitious, SB 6 is also crafted with enough time to adjust, as needed, with refinements.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:56am]


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