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At heart of Rick Scott's education team proposals, more power to the parents



Parents know best. That theme echoes throughout the 20 sprawling pages of reform ideas that Gov.-elect Rick Scott's education team unveiled this week. Parents should get state money to pick their own schools, public or private. Parents should decide what reform model is best to jump-start their school. Parents should be able to remove their child from an underperforming teacher's class. "The parent is the ultimate accountability," said Patricia Levesque, a close adviser to former Gov. Jeb Bush and a leader of Scott's education transition team. "They know what's best for their child. To substitute someone else's judgment … is wrong." Scott's unprecedented plan to offer private-school vouchers to all parents has drawn national attention. But the long list of recommendations released by his team this week shows he has other ideas to shift power to parents. Read more here.

[Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 8:00am]


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