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Changing Course: Florida Education at a Crossroads?

Education Series Classroom

February 14-18 on 90.7 WMFE-FM
Florida Governor Rick Scott came into office promising a complete overhaul of the state’s education system. Suggestions from his transition team included: letting parents spend state money on private schools or home-schooling; making it easier for kids to transfer from one public school to another; and crafting a new teacher merit pay program and phasing out teacher tenure.

These ideas have the education community buzzing, so WMFE spent the week of February 14th talking to the people most affected by the changes. We’ll hear from parents and teachers, homeschooling advocates and the vendors who support their efforts, higher education officials, and more.


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Intersection | "Changing Course" A Look at Teacher Tenure and Merit Pay in Florida

Feburary 15, 2011| As part of 90.7s week-long look at Governor Rick Scott's education proposals, Intersection examines the impact of eliminating teacher tenure and revising merit pay plans. First Florida Department of Education Commissioner Eric Smith discusses the impact of Governor Scott's proposed 3.3billion dollar reduction in education spending. Then the conversation moves to the impact of eliminating teacher tenure. In the second part of the program 90.7s Mark Simpson discusses what tenure means to 16 year veteran of Orange County Schools Elton Wright, and UCF Education graduate student Ken Bernstein.


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