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Sen. Wilson, solo Dem on K-12 committee, ready for 'a fight'

Miami Sen. Frederica Wilson, one of two Democrats on the Senate's K-12 committee and the only one healthy enough to serve on it for the foreseeable future, said she wants Senate President Jeff Atwater to fix those numbers.

"I am going to ask the President to put more Democrats on here," said Wilson. "I am the only one!"

Sen. Larcenia Bullard, also a Miami-Dade Democrat, is a member of the committee but has been too ill to attend any committees since having a heart attack late last year. Wilson said Bullard likely won't be well enough by the time session starts in March, either.

And Atwater removed former committee member Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, in the fall as part of a committee reshuffling after Republican Sens. Joe Negron and John Thrasher got elected to the Senate. Thrasher now sits on the K-12 committee.

Wilson has long been an outspoken opponent of Republican-backed education policies like the FCAT, and this session is an important one for education reform -- with R's pushing controversial changes to teacher tenure and a possible scale-back of the class size amendment.

"I'm going to be dead from fighting," Wilson said. "I can see I've got a fight on my hands."