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Report Suggests Tweaks to Florida School Policy

By Michele McNeil — September 26, 2006 1 min read

More information on “Reforming Education in Florida: A Study Prepared by the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, Hoover Institution 2006" is available from the Hoover Institution.

A group of education scholars has praised Florida’s education policies under outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush, but urged that more work be done to bolster student performance.

The Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, an 11-member group assembled by the Stanford, Calif.-based Hoover Institution, examined the state’s programs and policies at the request of Gov. Bush, a Republican who is wrapping up his second term.

In its report, released this month, the task force recommends that the state legislature work to restore the voucher program struck down by the Florida Supreme Court this past January and loosen the strings on a constitutional amendment voters passed in 2002 to lower class sizes.

The task force calls for expanding to other grades a program that requires students to score at a certain level on a reading test to advance to 4th grade. Another suggestion was to experiment with “pupil based” school funding, in which dollars more closely follow each student. (“Call for ‘Weighted’ Student Funding Gets Bipartisan Stamp of Approval,” July 12, 2006.)

A version of this article appeared in the September 27, 2006 edition of Education Week