February 22, 2005


Bush: Issue more vouchers: Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to propose offering private-school vouchers to students who have failed the reading part of the FCAT for three consecutive years. (GARY FINEOUT, 2/22/05, Miami Herald)

Six years after creating the nation's first statewide school voucher program, Gov. Jeb Bush will this week propose a massive expansion of the use of vouchers, offering them to any student in Florida who has failed the state reading test for three years in a row.

The proposal will be part of a comprehensive package of K-12 education law changes that some are already calling ''A-plus-plus,'' or a sequel to the ambitious A+ Plan that was the centerpiece of Bush's 1998 campaign for governor.

The A+ Plan resulted in the expanded use of high-stakes testing as well as sanctions and rewards for schools depending on how their students scored.

Besides vouchers -- which allow eligible students to switch to private schools at state expense -- the governor's new proposal will allow schools to offer different levels of pay to teachers, including those who are needed for specific subjects such as science and math.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 9:06 AM

The differential pay for math and science is long overdue. What can an English teacher do in the real world except ask people 'if they want fries with that?' Math and science teachers regularly find options in the private sector.

Posted by: Bart at February 22, 2005 9:09 AM

And the higher pay should encourage more teachers in these critical fields. Market forces at work.

Posted by: AWW at February 22, 2005 9:32 AM


Thanks for not throwing History teachers in with the Language Arts...

Posted by: Bartman at February 22, 2005 10:10 AM

I think the saying goes "Those who fail to learn from history are destined to post to Democratic Underground message boards." Or something like that.

Posted by: John at February 22, 2005 12:36 PM

More animals escape the Farm. When will this horror end?

Posted by: Luciferous at February 22, 2005 2:21 PM