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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

On school reforms, Florida lawmakers just getting warmed up

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April

It's not over yet.

After overhauling teacher pay, evaluations and contracts, state lawmakers are just getting started on bringing major changes to education.

In the pipeline: expanding charter schools and school-voucher programs, and rewriting wide-ranging rules that could require middle school students to pass civics and give schools with poor reading-test scores automatic F grades. There's also pension reform, a looming move that would require tens of thousands of schools employees to pay a portion of their retirement.

The far-reaching legislation would build on Florida's reputation for dramatic education reforms embraced more than a decade ago by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more here.

[Last modified: Sunday, April 3, 2011 11:18am]

    

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