Promoting the ABCs
State Sen. Lee Constantine, the Altamonte Springs Republican who once headed the Senate Education Committee, is pushing to see more school districts take advantage of his A Business-Community school program, which took effect with the class-size reduction implementation law.
The program allows Florida businesses to provide K-3 classroom space for the children of parents who work for the company, if the numbers warrant a teacher. The closest public school would monitor the program and hire the teacher.
Constantine likes the possible benefits - limited need for day care and eased burden on existing schools among them - and plans to encourage more companies and districts (which are required to have someone on staff available to coordinate the initiative) to take advantage.
"They really haven't pushed the opportunity, and I think it's such a shame," Constantine told the Gradebook. "I'm trying to find people to take a risk on what I think is a sure thing."