World-class standards update
The House pushed ahead with its plan to replace the Sunshine State Standards with what it calls "world-class standards," unanimously adopting HB 7151, one of Speaker Marco Rubio's 100 priorities. Education Committee chair Anitere Flores called the legislation, which also requires a social studies FCAT by 2012 and a later date to begin FCAT testing, "possibly one of the most important bills that we will pass." "We are making sure that those students are globally competitive," said Flores, a Miami Republican.
Even though the House finds the measure pressing, it's unclear whether Senate will follow. Its version of this bill, remains stuck in the Education Appropriations committee on a technicality. Senators are said to be looking for a different bill to tack the provisions onto.