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Florida School Superintendents Ask for a Special Session on Education Funding

Florida’s school superintendents called on Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol to approve more money for the state’s K-12 system. Although districts will see their overall per-student funding go up next year, nearly the entire increase is reserved for specific purposes, primarily to increase school safety and mental health… Read more »

Massive Student Walkout Planned Today in Tampa Bay and Across the Nation

Thousands of Tampa Bay area high school students and even many middle school students are expected to participate today in a national school walkout remembering the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. In general, the demonstrations will consist of students leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. and observing… Read more »

Gov. Scott Signs Bills Affecting Teachers Union, Bright Futures

TALLAHASSEE – Bullied students could get money to transfer to private schools, and the state’s popular Bright Futures scholarships for college students will become even more valuable, under legislation signed into law Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican governor approved two separate bills that were priorities of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, and… Read more »

Parkland Shooting: Lawmakers Say Let School’s Students Skip State Tests

Students at the Parkland high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting should not have to take state-mandated exams this semester, the Legislature decided, carving out from Florida’s testing rules an exemption for teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The exemption is in a controversial education bill (HB 7055) that both the Florida House and… Read more »

Senate Panel Backs Teachers’ Union Requirements

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a far-reaching education bill that would let bullied students transfer to private schools and could force teachers’ unions to disband if they don’t meet new membership standards. The proposals are part of a House bill (HB 7055) that is a priority of Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican…. Read more »

Parkland Shooting Weighs Heavy on Florida Education Debate, Influencing Major School Choice Package HB 7055

The Florida Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the House’s mega school choice package bill on Tuesday, but not before it made some major changes influenced by the Parkland shooting that left 17 people dead less than one week ago. The shooting loomed over even seemingly unrelated issues like teachers’ unions, showing that nearly every aspect of… Read more »

Florida Education Association Trashes Corcoran’s ‘Anti-Union’ Education Bill

The state’s largest teachers’ union is taking aim at a massive education bill making its way through the Florida House of Representatives, saying the sweeping legislation would “starve” Florida schools and cause students to suffer. On Monday, the Florida Education Association launched a 30-second digital ad attacking HB 7055, the House’s 200-page omnibus education bill which lays out… Read more »

Under House Budget Plan, No Public School Funding Without Corcoran Education Bill

A budget proposal that is advancing in the Legislature would make next year’s funding for Florida’s public schools contingent on the passage of Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s chief education priority: a new voucher directing taxpayer dollars to private schools. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday adopted a spending plan that would allocate about $8.3 billion in… Read more »

House Plugs More Money Into ‘Hope Scholarship’ Bill

A House education budget panel Tuesday modified the proposed “Hope Scholarship” bill, FL HB1 (18R), to provide more money to the program. One of the biggest changes would up the amount someone can contribute to the program. The scholarships, which would help pay private-school tuition for students who’ve faced bullying or abuse in public schools, would… Read more »

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