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Debate on different issues is on the way. The House education committees will turn their attention to end-of-course exams for high school sophomores, changes to gifted education and later start dates for FCAT next week, Rep. John Legg, a member of the Schools and Learning Council, tells the Gradebook. The language isn't out yet, but Legg assures that, though he's not optimistic about starting new programs, the tone is serious on moving these topics ahead. A charter school operator, Legg also intends to bring forth some legislation to put charter schools on more equal financial footing with the mainstream public education system. Specifically, he wants to make sure that charters have access to the state class-size reduction fund, seeing as they must meet the state's class size limits. Right now, the charter schools pay into the fund if they miss the goals, but they get no money from it. "We believe that's a huge constitutional issue," Legg said. "That's in direct violation of the uniformity clause. If they have to play by the same rules, they should get the same money."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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