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How's 12 hours of debate for you?



UPDATE: That headline should say 8-1/2 hours. The meeting doesn't start until noon. Got some bad info, and wanted to clear it up. But it's still longer than 2-1/2 hours, right? Now, on to the rest of the post.

Florida House Republicans took the heat on Thursday after pushing major school legislation through the Pre-K-12 Education Policy Committee while speakers and amendments waited.

They've got lengthier plans for Monday.

The Education Policy Council has scheduled 12 8-1/2 hours to debate on just two bills — one dealing with end-of-course exams and graduation requirements, the other proposing to revamp teacher pay, certification, contracts and evaluations.

Their fate isn't really in doubt, even with the failure of Florida's Race to the Top grant application (which supposedly was the impetus for the latter bill's rapid movement). For leaders have told the Gradebook the state needs the proposals in place to fare better in the second round of RTTT.

Still, Pre-K-12 Policy chairman John Legg said, the bills need a thorough review to make sure they're the best they can be. He'll be leading the effort starting at 8:30 a.m. noon Monday.

"I am going to do my best on Easter Sunday to get some rest," Legg said. "Because I will be on my feet all day Monday."


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:55am]


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