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If at first you don't succeed ...



Rubio_2 The Florida House wanted to revamp the Sunshine State Standards last year in favor of what Speaker Marco Rubio (shown here on the right) called "world-class standards." Education Committee chairwoman Anitere Flores called the bill, which never made it to the governor's desk, "possibly one of the most important bills that we will pass."

Well, once bitten has certainly not made Rubio twice shy. He issued his legislative priorities memo today and right in there with insurance and tax reform is another stab at world-class education standards. It falls under "Building a Vibrant and Diverse Economy for the 21st Century."

"Building a strong economy starts with making sure that our children are prepared to compete for the high paying careers of the future," Rubio writes. "We have to make sure that our students finish school - both high school and college - with the knowledge and skills they need for tomorrow's economy."

This is, of course, the same Marco Rubio who has signaled a willingness to battle the "world class" evolution standard that the State Board of Education approved earlier this month.

The Schools and Learning Council is hard at work to rewrite the standards, Rubio notes. A year ago, the whole matter fell apart in the Senate. We'll see if they succeed this time out.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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