Fla. Lawmakers Tackle Education Reform

To hear it from republicans, it's all about accountability.

If teachers and principals aren't doing their jobs, parents have every right to put their kids in a better school.

A bill before the GOP-controlled house would let parents do exactly that, if their kids' school gets even a single 'D' or 'F' grade. Right now the school has to get two "F's"

Another education issue on today's agenda - legislation to expand a school voucher program for disabled students, and a bill to expand charter schools and allow them to offer online education. Many democrats call the entire package an unfair drain on public education funding.

“When we put up these choice options to say, 'we're giving parents choice', it's a phenomenal idea, but you can't sacrifice 90 percent for the betterment of this 5 to 10 percent that you're targeting - it's overly problematic,” said Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami.

Republicans point out many democrats on the national stage are in favor of school choice measures, including the president. But democrats here say the education landscape in Florida is a lot different from the nation as a whole.

Also today, the republican state senate president cancelled a rare Saturday floor session. The chamber had been expected to debate a highly-controversial immigration bill. It now looks like that will happen Monday.


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