Florida’s widening student proficiency gap, and what we can do about it

Children are not all the same, nor are they equally ready upon graduation for the challenges of college or the modern workforce.

A new report by the bipartisan Foundation for Excellence in Education found Florida is currently suffering from what education experts call a “proficiency gap,” where Sunshine State students are increasingly falling behind.

Started in 1999 by former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Foundation believes every child has the ability to learn and achieve success. To provide an equal opportunity for children to reach their highest potential, the advocacy group believes Florida’s education system must ensure every child masters these important skills.

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