Getting on the pre-k bandwagon
Count CFO Alex Sink among the growing list of leaders supporting the call for teachers with four-year degrees to lead Florida's prekindergarten classes. Sink will join business, education and law enforcement officers at 2 p.m. Monday in the Governor's Large Conference Room to discuss the importance of bumping up the teacher certification requirements in the Universal Prekindergarten law.
The Florida Tax Watch issued a two-page paper today pushing the issue, too. "How can Florida meet the demand for highly qualified pre-kindergarten teachers?" it asks. "The routes to quality already exist." Among them: alternative certification and teacher preparation institutes. The group argues that the return on investment makes it more than worthwhile to pay the costs.
In case you missed it, there's a campaign afoot to bolster the state's national rating on the pre-k front, and it involves teacher quality. Six former governors and the widow of a seventh made the call for higher credentials for pre-k teachers last week, and this week Gov. Charlie Crist said he, too, supports the idea. Whether the concept makes it through the Legislature remains to be seen. To read more on the issue, click here.