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Views contrast on Florida's education reforms



Two stories came out this morning with vastly different views on Florida's education system.

In Southwest Florida, leaders gathered to call for changes. The current method, they suggested, is too bogged down in politics without acceptable results.

"Florida is not mediocre," Paul Woods, CEO of Bonita Springs-based biofuel company Algenol, said during an event covered by the Fort Myers News-Press. "Forty-eight out of 50 is not the median. It’s not the middle. It’s the bottom."

On the other end of the spectrum, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he wants to make his state's education system more like Florida's.

Sandoval made his remarks while touring schools with former Florida governor Jeb Bush, according to 8 News Now in Las Vegas.

"Probably, number one is ending social promotion in the state of Nevada. And I'll steal his line: It shouldn't be a novel idea that every child should be able to read at grade level by third grade. So that's something we'd like to implement and model here. We think that'd go a long way to decreasing the drop out rate in the state of Nevada," Sandoval said.

Can both be right?


[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:04am]


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