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.
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.
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.
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.