Gov. Rick Scott will head to Fort Myers on Thursday to introduce his education proposals for the next legislative session that grew out of meetings with parents, educators and students in September. The education proposal, titled “College and Careers 1st," will focus on preparing students for college or a job out of high school, Scott said Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott won’t be just making a token appearance at Thursday’s Market Watch Education Summit; he’ll be making news.
Scott wants to suspend any changes to testing unrelated to Florida’s implementation of Common Core Standards, a series of expectations children should know or demonstrate at each grade level. Implementation in 2014 coincides with the rollout of a teacher performance pay plan, new standardized tests and other initiatives.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education voted 9-2 Monday against the Senate-passed measure. Lawmakers indicated they support funding the stipends but are concerned about the potential cost of a performance pay system that would replace the certification process.
The decision last month to replace the teaching staff at the end of the school year cast the spotlight on a new Obama administration policy: To qualify for a share of $3.5 billion in federal turnaround aid, local officials must close the struggling school or replace the principal and start over with a new academic game plan and perhaps a new staff. That significantly tightens accountability measures under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law.
President Obama voiced support Monday for the mass firings of educators at a failing Rhode Island school, drawing an immediate rebuke from teachers union officials whose members have chafed at some of his education policies.