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First, Jeb Bush graded schools. Now he's grading legislators.

The former governor's Foundation for Florida's Future is releasing its first-ever "Florida's Education Report Card." According to a press release, members of the Legislature "will earn annual grades based on their votes and advocacy on legislation aligned with key education policy and budget issues."

The results won't be released until 10 a.m. tomorrow. Which gives you plenty of time to speculate on what they will look like.

Gaetznew Gelber Any guesses on whether GOP Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz got an A for his effort, which included an educator ethics law but failed to come through with charter school reform and killed a House attempt to change gifted education. How about House Democratic leader Dan Gelber, who offered the most continued and blistering criticism of the Bush education plan, yet couldn't muster meaningful opposition to alter much of it?

Who do you think earned top marks? Who failed? Class clown in the mix?

If you can't wait for our overview of the grades when they come out tomorrow, click here at 10 a.m. to see what the foundation has to say.

- Ron Matus and Jeff Solochek

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:54am]


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