TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – In a unanimous vote of 40-0, the Florida Senate passed a bill which, among other things, cuts funding to schools which score below the state average on select end of year tests.

That’s just one provision in the wide-ranging education bill (HB 870), but it drew the most discussion Wednesday before it was passed. It applies to tests in algebra and biology; it will not go into effect for three years.

The bill also calls for more advanced courses and early high school graduation.

Some senators were worried schools will be punished despite making good faith efforts to bring their test scores up. Sen. Don Gaetz, a Niceville Republican who is in line to become Senate president in November, promised to take steps to help those schools.

The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for final approval.


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Comments (2)
  1. howard says:

    What happens to the kids that go to the closed schools? Will this cause over crowding if those students are sent to neighboring schools? How much more will it cost tax payers to bus students to more distant schools?
    Was this story an example or poor journalism by leaving out all these details.or did the legislature not consider them. I hope this is a case of lousy reporting and not lousy government.

  2. Chucky... says:

    Not exactly, Howard.

    What I assume will happen is that the under-performing schools, the schools in certain areas that cater to certain communities, will modify the playing-field by complaing and then lowering the standards.

    No one has to go anywhere, and the austere status quo of curriculum can be maintained in said communities.