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John Legg snags key education leadership spot in Florida Senate



The Florida Senate has just two committees dedicated to education issues, and one of them will be run by a familiar face.

Freshman state Sen. John Legg, R-Pasco County, announced Wednesday that he has been named the chairman of the K-20 Education Policy Committee. He also will serve on the K-20 Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Legg was chairman of the House K-12 Education Committee two years ago, before becoming speaker pro tempore for 2011-12. He runs a charter school in New Port Richey, and has sponsored several high-profile education bills including the state's move to end-of-course exams from the FCAT. Lately, he has been visiting area high school career academies looking for ideas to improve school-to-work connections and to make junior- and senior-level course work more relevant and challenging to students. 

"Education especially, being entrusted as chairman, brings a unique opportunity to invest in Florida’s most important asset, our children," Legg said in a news release. "As a father of five, a certified classroom teacher and school administrator I understand how vital public education is and how equally important it is to Florida’s employers to have a solid workforce to draw from.  It is time we develop a workforce to fit the needs of our business community while providing first class education for our children to succeed not only in the workforce but in life."

Freshman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, will chair Education Appropriations. Other familiar names on the two committees include senators Bill Montford, David Simmons and Dwight Bullard. See the full committee list attached below. Committee meetings begin next week.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:12pm]


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