Every Florida student should have access to a first class, world class education. We must make certain that our children have the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century. No more excuses!
Improving Our Public Schools
Darrin McGillis has put forth a comprehensive plan to help improve
the quality of our public schools.
Darrin's First Class Schools, First Class Teachers, First Class Education program focuses on spending our educational resources more efficiently, providing more educational options for students and parents and demanding more accountability from everyone involved in the education of our children.
By improving the quality of our public schools, we can provide our children with the skills they need to compete for quality jobs in the global marketplace of the 21st century and develop the highly skilled workforce that we need to recruit new businesses and jobs to Florida.
First Class Schools, First Class Teachers, First Class Education program
Spending Our Educational Resources More Efficiently
Fully funding the Standards of Quality for our public schools
Reduction in the education bureaucracy and removal of waste and corruption in the educational system
Requiring that at least 75% of our educational dollars be spent in the classroom
Recruit and Reward The Best Teachers
Increase teacher pay to above the national average
Provide incentive pay for teachers teaching in high demand specialties and in high risk school districts
Merit pay to reward our best teachers and make certain that teacher compensation is tied to performance
More Educational Options for Students and Parents
More meaningful alternatives for students who want to pursue a vocational/technical education
More Charter Schools in core disciplines like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Tax credits for parents who choose to send their children to private schools
Tax credits for businesses that provide scholarships to low-income students to enable them to attend private schools if they choose to do so
Higher academic expectations under the Standards of Learning
No pass, no play requirements for students
No drivers license for students who drop out of school before the age of 18 or fail to achieve satisfactory academic performance
Vegetable Garden Student Program
Require every public school to create and maintain a vegetable gardening class
Require all students to participate in the class
Require a small portion of School property for gardening of vegetables
Allow parents of overweight children to participate in the class to learn how to garden vegetables at home and learn about healthier eating habits
Some families and single parents just cannot afford to purchase fresh garden vegetables, this program will benefit not only the poorer families, but will help all families with overweight children eat better, and naturally lose unhealthy body weight.
If you believe in change - If you think that it is about time that the State of Florida breathes some fresh air, stops bullying the poor and middle class, and takes better care of its internal affairs, then you are for Darrin E. McGillis for Governor of Florida in 2010.
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