OREGON LEGISLATORS TO CONSIDER FLORIDA-BASED EDUCATION REFORMS
By Kimberly Melton
February 17, 2011
Eighty-three percent of Oregon third-graders met state reading benchmarks in 2009-10. Should the other 17 percent of kids -- about 7,000 statewide -- be required to repeat the third grade to master reading skills?
Fourteen percent of Oregon students in the class of 2010 passed an Advanced Placement exam with a score likely to earn them college credit. Should those students' teachers receive a cash bonus?
Rep. Matt Wingard says yes. Nearly 10 years ago, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush led similar reforms in Florida. The changes are credited with raising reading scores. Wingard says Oregon should follow suit…