That's education reform?
The Ocala Star-Banner is less than impressed with this year's spate of education legislation moving through the Florida House and Senate.
Here's a taste:
'Among the education “reforms” sailing through the Legislature this year: the so-called teacher tenure bill that will use test scores to determine teacher pay raises; a 66 percent reduction in the number of “core” classes in an effort to greatly reduce the cost of the class-size amendment; expanded online education, including mandating every high school student to take at least one online course — even though online teachers do not have to be certified in the course they teach; an expansion of the school voucher program; and an expansion of charter school enrollments for those designated as “high performing.”
'Finally, the real measure of the Legislature’s commitment to quality education: it reduced school funding $540 per student, or 7.9 percent, to $6,269. This from a state that already was ranks 50th in the nation in per-capita public education spending.
'In Tallahassee these days, they are calling this education reform.
'From where we sit, it looks like just more spending cuts, no matter the impact on our school, our children, our communities.'