A list regular for years (14 on last year’s list), the GOP lawmaker from Trinity chaired the influential Senate Committee on Education Pre-K-12. He’s effectively killed several education bills simply by not scheduling hearings for them.
Legg’s legacy on education policy will be extensive when he calls it a career in Tallahassee. He spent five years working on creating end-of-course exams. He helped rewrite the state’s school grading system, and advocated for a greater connection between teacher evaluations and student test scores.
“Senator John Legg has made education the hallmark of his legislative career,” said Mike Fasano, now Pasco County Tax Collector after a career of more than 20 years in the Legislature. “I am most impressed with his philosophy that Tallahassee should not dictate a one-size-fits-all approach to education, because he recognizes that each school district is unique, with their own challenges and needs. He has demonstrated that Tallahassee should provide and support the needs of the districts, without mandating their actions and decisions.”
Legg was ranked 14th in the 2015 survey.
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