Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday will roll out a series of education proposals that touches on everything from high-stakes testing to the cost of college and represents a break from some of the signature moves put in place by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Scott wants to create an independent committee to review the state’s contentious school standards even though a year ago he called for public hearings that resulted in tweaks to the standards based primarily on Common Core. That new committee could come up with additional changes to the standards now in place in Florida’s classrooms.
The Republican incumbent governor also says he will direct Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to do a “thorough and comprehensive investigation” of the use of standardized tests that were the centerpiece of the overhaul initiated when Bush was governor. Bush tied the state’s A-to-F grading of schools, which includes sanctions and rewards, to how students performed on standardized tests.