Gradebook podcast: Changing Florida's Constitution, welcoming Puerto Rican students
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission Education Committee this week jump started its efforts to consider possible changes to Article IX of the state constitution, a once every two decades endeavor that had been delayed by Hurricane Irma. The panel's first meeting, which had only half its members in attendance and a tiny audience, focused primarily on overviews of key issues such as student performance and higher education funding. But within the three-hour long meeting came subtle signals as to possible directions the commissioners might head. Reporter Jeff Solochek talks about the hints dropped along the way during the first half of today's podcast. Then Hillsborough County area superintendent Marcos Murillo joins Solochek to discuss how the schools he's working with are preparing for a possible influx of children fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Maria. At the end of the I-4 corridor, Hillsborough County is considered a likely landing spot for families from Puerto Rico who are joining relatives already here.