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Michelle Rhee's advice for Rick Scott and Florida education



Michelle Rhee, the informal education adviser to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, today officially announced her agenda for the Sunshine State (as well as a handful of others she hopes to influence).

Perhaps the proposals come as no surprise, as Scott's transition team suggested many of them and several of the ideas have floated around Florida for a couple of years now. But to get them on the record, they include:

  • Offering more publicly funded vouchers for parent school choice options
  • Eliminating tenure and seniority policies for teachers
  • Redirecting education funding to practices proven to work by data
  • Rating principals and teachers on student performance

"What we need now is to clear away the barriers that stand in the way and to tell politicians and education leaders that we expect them to be bold on behalf of children," Rhee wrote on her website. "It won’t be easy. It won’t come overnight. But with our members, resources, partners, and the facts on our side, we can fight to shift the balance of power in education."

Other states in talks to adopt some or all of Rhee's ideas include Indiana, New Mexico, New Jersey and Nevada. See more from the Wall Street Journal.

[Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:05pm]


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