Battle royale: Florida House Gears Up for What Could Be Its Biggest Debate of the Session

It’s a debate worth about $26.9 billion, and involves the most fundamental, nagging question surrounding Florida’s education system: What does Florida owe its students in public education?

And it begins today — at least this year’s rendition.

The Florida House’s omnibus education bill, HB 7055, is slated to be heard on the floor Wednesday afternoon — an event that promises to be one of the biggest debates of the 2018 session. The nearly 200-page bill incorporates everything from the creation of a new scholarship for students who struggle in reading to slapping potentially life-threatening requirements on teachers’ unions.

It also includes a top priority for Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, in its voucher for students that are bullied which would allow them to attend another public or private school.

The bill is so much of a priority that, in an unprecedented move, House leadership tied the per-student funding language for all public schools, meaning that $21.1 billion of public school funding is “contingent upon PCS for HB 7055 or similar legislation becoming law,” according to the budget.

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