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Jeb Bush's 2012 legislative agenda



Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future recently released its 2012 legislative agenda, which is - no surprise - heavy on school choice, teacher accountability and performance pay. Among the initiatives it's backing, in no particular order:

* ensuring students are assigned to an effective or highly effective teacher the year after they were assigned to a teacher rated unsatisfactory or needs improvement

* allowing full time Florida Virtual School students to "participate in their local school's interscholastic extracurricular activities, such as athletics, marching band, chorus and academic clubs" (the foundation describes this measure as "similar to Florida's 'Tim Tebow' law")

* removing the $2,000 cap on bonuses for AP, IB and AICE teachers

* removing the requirement that students must have been enrolled in a Florida public school the year before they applied for a tax-credit voucher

* adopting Gov. Scott's recommendation to double funding for "reading enhancements" and ensuring a reading coach in every school

* giving the Department of Education the power to intervene the first year a school earns an F grade

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:08pm]


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