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Gov. Rick Scott seeks to reduce red tape in schools



When talking to parents and teachers last week, Gov. Rick Scott got an earful, and it wasn't all about the FCAT.

He also heard a long standing complaint from teachers that their workload is too full of red tape and paperwork. Pasco teachers have been seeking relief from the extra work for years.

Scott announced this morning that he wants to ease the load. During the Cabinet meeting, Scott said he will create a task force of five superintendents representing districts of all sizes to make recommendations on how to alleviate the concerns teachers raised. His statement, released by his office this morning:

“We heard many great suggestions from teachers and administrators during our education listening tour on how we can make changes at the state level to reduce unnecessary requirements and regulations so they can spend more time in the classroom teaching.

“Today, I am announcing that we will convene a group of five superintendents, representing both large and small districts, to give us their suggestions on the unnecessary red tape and regulations we can cut at the state level in order to increase classroom time for Florida students.  Our education initiatives must focus on better preparing students for college and careers and we want suggestions on how to eliminate anything that is a hurdle to that goal.”

What recommendations do you have on reducing red tape and paperwork for teachers? Please be specific.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:18pm]


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