Gov. Scott makes education priority
George Pappas on September 20th, 2012 | Last updated: September 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Gov. Rick Scott called education his new priority after visiting schools around Florida. His week included a dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee with Andy Ford, a leader of the state’s largest teachers union.
Ford, the president of the Florida Education Association, said the investment in education and the success of the governor go hand-in-hand.
“You’re not changing the world in one dinner,” Ford said, “but unless you sit down and start talking, you have not a chance. Public schools are the key to the success of kids, but also the success of a governor. You can’t be successful and create jobs if you don’t really have an investment in public schools.”
Ford said the discussion topics ranged from school funding to standardized tests. The governor has a plan to rid the state of unnecessary regulations that burden teachers and cut into their allotted time for instruction.
Scott announced this week that he will convene with a group of superintendents to recommend rules that could be eliminated.
WUFT recently analyzed salaries and benefits for teachers in select North Central Florida counties. Florida is $10,000 less than the national average, and the situation is equally grim in Alachua, Marion, Putnam and other counties.
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A health occupation certification class allows Union County High School students to get their certified nursing assistant license before graduating from high school.
The entire seventh-grade class at High Springs Community School also left on a field trip Tuesday morning to the Holocaust museum in St. Petersburg as part of the school’s unit on remembering the Holocaust.
It’s not a new concern that law school graduates are having trouble finding work. But while the number of law school applicants began to decline this year, the 2012 graduating class of law students is still seeing high unemployment and underemployment rates months after graduation.