HOUSE PASSES TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION REFORMS TO REWARD EXCELLENT TEACHERS, RAISE STANDARDS AND RIGHT SIZE THE CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT

April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida House today passed a transformational education package that right sizes the Class Size Amendment, raises standards for Florida students to better prepare them for the careers of the future, and rewards Florida teachers for excellence in the classroom. Representative Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), Representative John Legg (R-Port Richey) and House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R-Delray Beach) issued the following joint statement on the passage of the education reforms:

“In order to provide a first-rate learning experience for our children, we must have policies that are practical and applicable.  Our proposal provides school districts with the flexibility to do just that as it relates to the Class Size Amendment,” said Representative Weatherford. “By right sizing the Class Size Amendment, school districts will have the flexibility to focus on student gains and reward excellent teachers as we endeavor to provide our children with a world-class education taught by world-class teachers.”

“The most important factor that we can control in education is the quality of a teacher at the front of the classroom. By financially rewarding educators for their expertise and excellence, we will be better positioned to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers here in Florida,” said Representative Legg. “Providing financial incentives for teachers who make the decision to serve in high priority schools and critical shortage areas is a quantum leap forward toward continuing to decrease the gap between the highest performing schools and the lowest. I commend my House colleagues for making the right decision to the benefit of our children.”

“If we really mean what we say about transforming Florida’s education system for the challenges of 21st century, then the status quo is unacceptable,” said Representative Hasner.  “The education reforms passed today in the Florida House will raise the bar for our teachers and reward those who excel in the classroom. The reforms will create a classroom environment that provides Florida’s school districts with the flexibility they need to free up critical funding to be spent in the classroom at a time when money is scarce,” concluded Hasner.

To read the rest of the House Majority Press Release on this historic passage, click here.

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