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On school reforms, Florida lawmakers just getting warmed up



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 10:18am]


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