Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Train wreck?

The Florida House showed just what it thought of Sen. Don Gaetz's effort to tie together a string of education reforms late Thursday, when it stripped out all of the Senate language and inserted its own set of legislation instead.

Gone were sweeping changes to school grading, corporate income tax credit scholarships, education standards and ethics. In their place appeared proposals on gifted education, the mandatory school age, workforce readiness and teacher certification. (See the latest version here.)

Also still in limbo is a promise to give school districts flexibility on implementing the class-size amendment.  SB 1756, which aimed to delay classroom counts by at least a year, passed both houses unanimously. But the versions differed, and a consensus has yet to emerge from conference.

It's the class-size measure that has districts most concerned, as budgets are tight and many leaders say they don't see how they can continue to meet the amendment's demands while also shrinking their spending.

The House is meeting now. The Senate goes into session at 10 a.m. Today's the last day. Will these measures live or die? Wait and see.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours