Graduation standards push tabled for this year
The first major piece of education legislation declared dead this session is the push to raise graduation standards for high school students.
Senate sponsor Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, said tonight that SB 2654 won't be heard on the Senate floor --- though the proposal passed the House barely one week ago --- because there's just not time.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future has been pushing to raise the curriculum requirements for high school students, phasing in algebra II and geometry as required math classes, and biology I and chemistry as required science classes. In addition, the proposal would have increased the required graduation score on the 10th grade FCAT to 3 from 2.
"The bills got farther than I ever expected this year," Altman said.
Read more on the Times' Gradebook blog.