Education bill aims to help failing schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A state senate committee votes to move forward on a bill aimed at sending better teachers to failing schools in Florida.

According to the law, it authorizes school districts the right assign newly hired personnel to schools that receive failing grades.

The bill says the choice will all be up to the discretion of the principal. Senator Kelli Stargel (R - Lakeland) sponsored the legislation and says the plan is to get more experienced teachers in the schools.

"The statistics will show that we do have some of our newer teachers in some of the failing schools. It's a difficult population to teach. Obviously, not some place you're going to go unless you have some of a calling to that. We're trying to make sure that we get experienced teachers in those schools." Stargel said.

The bill has seen unanimous support through two committees and has one more committee stop before going to the senate floor.


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