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Education
5:59 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Senate Starts Moving On Early Learning Reform

Senate K-12 Education Committee Chairman John Legg is following through on a plan to revamp Florida’s early learning programs.

The committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to overhaul voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. Legg says it’s a starting point for further talks between the House and Senate.

“We’re taking the bill the Senate passed last year and re-filing that as the base bill moving forward to bring a higher level of transparency and accountability to the VPK providers," he said during a conversation about education on WFSU's "It's About Florida” program.

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Education
5:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

An Education Preview With Senate Ed Chairman John Legg

Sen. John Legg (R-Lutz)
Credit Florida Senate

Florida lawmakers say they’re serious about addressing what’s become a testing crisis in the state’s public schools. In addition to testing, they’re also planning to tackle a tech gap. Senator John Legg Chairs the chamber's K-12 Education Committee.

Lutz Republican Senator John Legg, knows education.

“We have converging lines of opportunity here with teacher evaluations, technology, testing and school grades—all coming to a head in 2015-2016," he says, summing up the current state of Florida's school accountability system.

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Education
6:57 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Florida Education Board Wants Legislature To Reconsider Class Sizes

Credit Colleen Cayoup / flickr.com

Florida’s public school class size limits could be up for reconsideration in the upcoming legislative session. The state’s public school governing board wants lawmakers to consider revising the system.

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Education
5:35 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Governor Scott Pitches Record Education Funding For Upcoming Fiscal Year

Florida Governor Rick Scott is following through on his campaign promise to boost the amount of money going to the state’s public K-12 Schools.

During the Great recession Florida and many other states, cut their budgets, including education.

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Education
6:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Florida Nosedives In Newly-Revised National Education Rankings

Florida's public schools took a tumble in a major national educational ranking. Florida has fallen to number 28 in the nation.

Under Education Week’s new metrics, Florida’s grade went from a B-minus to a C: with the state taking a hit for having one of the lowest per-pupil spending rates in the nation. That’s despite education making up the second largest piece of the state budget.

The state did earn marks for student achievement.

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