New law promotes teacher leadership training in Florida schools
While the fate of several education policy changes remains unsettled, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed one education-related idea into law.
HB 719, sponsored by Hillsborough County Rep. Ross Spano, sets standards for school leadership programs that prepare educators to become administrators. The goal is to train leaders who can guide highly effective classroom teachers, and sustain the state's accountability system.
The programs must provide competency-based training, partner with at least one school district, and set forth clear qualifications that educators may meet in order to qualify. Renewal of the programs would depend upon their success in their initial efforts.
The bill further provides that the State Department of Education will offer school district recruiters updated information on best hiring practices, and also makes it easier for school investigators to gain access to otherwise confidential child abuse information.
The legislation did not encounter much opposition during its path through the Legislature. One senator and 22 House members opposed it. The measure takes effect July 1.