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Proposal to refine reading instruction resurfaces in the Florida House



Last spring, Florida House education leaders set a priority of improving reading lessons -- a key in the state's accountability model -- amid stagnant performance in the schools.

A bill targeting the topic sailed through the chamber on a 107-2 vote. It stalled in the Senate, where leadership did not share the priority.

The key bill sponsor, Rep. Janet Adkins, no longer serves in the House. But her measure lives on, this time filed by Rep. Gayle Harrell, a Stuart Republican.

HB 79 is identical in several ways to the past legislation, including a mandate to train teachers in "explicit, systematic, and multisensory reading strategies," and an encouragement of districts to intervene earlier with struggling readers.

A Senate companion has not yet been filed.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:24am]


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