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CAPE flies through committee stop

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, says he wants to target education spending to areas of study that are relevant in today's economy. File photo by Bill Cotterell.

A major education theme this legislative session is, in the words of Senate President Don Gaetz, “lash education to the realities of the economy.”

That’s the idea behind SB 1076, which expands vocational training in high schools and extends it into colleges and universities. The measure, which builds upon a 2007 initiative establishing career academies in each school district, sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday on a unanimous vote.

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