Key education bills dead, gone, goodbye
The House and Senate just adjourned until next week when only budget-related legislation will be taken up. That means we can call time of death on all major outstanding education legislation, and it's pretty much everything.
- Class-size proposal. The push to ask voters to loosen the class-size mandate passed the House last month, but never came to the Senate floor for discussion. Senate President Jeff Atwater said they didn't have the votes. Being it's a 2010 ballot measure, this can easily come back next year.
- Graduation standards. The effort to raise high school graduation standards by phasing in algebra II, biology and chemistry passed the House last month, but never came to the Senate floor and attempts to attach the plan to other legislation failed.
Teacher tenure. We've got a broken record here. This proposal passed the House, never came to the Senate floor.
Civics requirement. A last-minute push didn't do the job.