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Gov. Rick Scott promises big changes for Florida education



The Miami Herald reports today on Rick Scott's visit to an Opa-Locka charter school with his new informal education adviser, Michelle Rhee. 

He pledged to change Florida's public school landscape to make it "100 percent to the benefit of the students."

Rhee didn't speak much at the event. But in a news release announcing her adviser role, she had this to say about Florida's education prospects: "Florida is leading the country in areas such as sharing information about school performance, and we look forward to helping Governor Scott push the envelope in promoting innovative policies, including a focus on high-performing teachers."

She'll be giving Scott advice on legislation as he approaches his first session. Rhee won't be a candidate for education commissioner, though, as her new national initiative Students First will be her primary endeavor.

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 2:24pm]


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