Florida’s Positive Education Reforms May Lay Framework for Wisconsin
Eleven years ago, Florida chose sweeping reforms to improve the dire state of education affecting their children. Today, these changes are still paying dividends, and don’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
These continuing returns on the state’s investment in education are likely related to Florida’s commitment to reform in early education. The Sunshine State has led the nation in educational improvements thanks to a complete buy-in to major changes. Now, policies that had been aimed at intervening with young struggling students – such as increased emphasis on reading comprehension before third grade, the end of “social promotion” for struggling students, and an expansive school choice program pairing students with the environments that suit the best, are paying off with improving graduation rates.