2015 Senate Report Card
AFloridaPromise honors the courageous senators who demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing bold reforms that keep the promise of a quality education to Sunshine State students. These members of the Florida Senate earned a spot on the 2015 Honor Roll.
President Andy Gardiner
Once again, President Gardiner showed extraordinary leadership by supporting an expansion of Florida’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for students with unique abilities. Thanks to his commitment, more students will have the opportunity for a truly customized education next school year.
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
A strong presence on the Education PreK–12 Committee, Senator Benacquisto advocated passionately on behalf of Florida’s parents and students. During the 2015 session, Senator Benacquisto sponsored important legislation to give families access to more options within the traditional public school system.
Senator Don Gaetz
Senator Gaetz was a steadfast leader for Florida students, serving as a champion for children who can benefit the most from a more customized education. His leadership to support and expand Florida’s Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for students with unique abilities will benefit thousands of families in need of more choices in their children’s educations.
Senator John Legg
As Chair of the PreK-12 Education Committee, Senator Legg oversaw the development and passage of many student-centered priorities this session, including legislation to achieve fewer, better tests for Florida students. This important policy also improves Florida’s teacher evaluation law and creates more transparency for parents and the public.
Senator Jeremy Ring
This year, Senator Ring sponsored legislation on Digital Classrooms to incorporate more technology and create more 21st century schools in Florida, earning him yet another spot on our Honor Roll. He led the charge this session on an innovative pay-for-success financing policy aimed at reducing the high-school dropout rate. Though this ultimately did not pass, Senator Ring continues to exemplify support for transformational education reforms.
Senator Kelli Stargel
Senator Stargel was a critical voice on many student-centered priorities. Her consistent bold leadership throughout the years has impacted the lives of countless students. During the 2015 session she demonstrated leadership while attempting to hold certain publicly-funded associations accountable, asking for transparency for how taxpayer funds are being used, especially when these dollars could be used for students and teachers inside the classroom.
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