May 7, 2006

A+ Plus Plan corrections will have to wait...

For those waiting for me to correct my description of the final A+ Plan bill, you'll have to wait a little longer. I'll have to make sure I find the final form (an interesting challenge) and go through it again, double-checking against the analysis I received from a friend in Tallahassee. I'm just not up for that at 8:45 on a Sunday morning.

On the other hand, I suppose the title might also be an appropriate analysis of the bill. With a part-time legislature, there are frequently "glitch bills" that fix the errors in a bill that passed in a hurry the prior year. And sometimes entire policies are nixed one, two, or three years down the line. This year, it's school boards who are hoping for a re-do next year, at least on the starting date limitations. (The legislation moved back the start of the school year.) What is clear on the bill, no matter how accurate my description of specific items late Thursday night, is that this isn't some coherent reform plan. It's an omnibus bill, packaging together lip service on high-school reform (and I really think it is only lip service) with a whole bunch of other things. I'm just waiting for some analyst to find the following buried in the bill:

Section 1004.587(c) of Florida Statutes is created to read;

(c). A faucet, a basin, a garbage disposal, drain pipes, washers, and caulking.

But we sort of suspect that, don't we?

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Posted in Education policy on May 7, 2006 8:47 AM |