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Parent group calls for funding to support more rigorous curriculum



The Orlando-based parent group Fund Education Now is raising concerns that Florida lawmakers are pushing students and teachers to do too much on the cheap.

The group considers the current round of education reform too rigid, wondering "what ever happened to the bell curve of life?"

"Clearly, not every child is going to college," the organization states in its latest weekly alert. "That fact shouldn't break any child's spirit or kill their desire to learn."

Parents need to pressure lawmakers to back standards with money, the group asserts:

"Raising standards is important. But raising standards in the absence of proper funding for implementation, clear thinking about whether these changes will really allow our kids to compete globally, and ensuring that the whole exercise isn't just an exhausting and expensive dance of 'move the goal' is equally important." 

Money is tight these days. Should the state back off increasing standards? Find the money to properly put them into place? Or stick to its current path? Let's hear your thoughts.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:41am]


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