Advocacy Group Says Florida Schools Rebounding

TAMPA -

In January, Gov. Jeb Bush asked the Hoover Institute's education experts - known as the Koret Task Force - to assess Florida's school reforms.

Nine months later, the report reinforces that gains have been made in student reading and math and that Florida is outpacing the nation in closing the achievement gap.

During a telephone news conference, Task Force member Paul Peterson said the evaluation was done using three core principals.

PETERSON: One is accountability, two is choice and three is transparency. Now those are the principles that the task for brought to bear in assessing the Florida educational reforms.

The report credits Florida's A-plus accountability plan and school choice for the improvements, while suggesting the voter-mandated class amendment be changed.

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