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Today’s schedule shows only two meetings of interest but includes consideration of bills that could have a significant impact on school districts, including bills that address and school choice. Today’s schedule is posted below and will be updated throughout the day with the outcome on these bills after each meeting concludes. Please note that […]
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sent a letter to school superintendents across Florida, urging them to get on board with the state’s gun safety program to train teachers and coaches and gun-carrying guardians. Read More
Today’s schedule appears fairly light, but several bills of interest will be considered, including bills relating to public records, facilities, growth management, and government accountability. In addition, the House will be in Session this afternoon to conduct 2nd Reading on the House and Senate versions of bills that address the medical use of marijuana. These […]
A proposal (HB 403) to allow concealed weapons in churches operating on the same grounds as schools — deemed too controversial to move a year ago after the Parkland school shooting — cleared its first hurdle in the Florida House on Tuesday, with lawmakers contending it would protect clergy and parishioners. The Criminal Justice Committee also advanced […]
In a decision that could have statewide implications, an administrative law judge Tuesday ruled that the Palm Beach County School Board is required to assign safety officers to charter schools under a law passed last year. Read More
The second week of the Legislative Session is underway with several bills of interest scheduled to be considered today, including bills relating to health and safety, government accountability, exceptional students, curriculum, personnel, and term limits for school board members. Today’s schedule is posted in the file below and is updated throughout the day to show […]
FSBA Legislative Update Video – 2019 Session, Week 1 from Florida School Boards Assoc on Vimeo.
The first week of the Legislative Session is winding down with only a few meetings of interest on the schedule. Bills that were considered today address teacher preparation, Bible study, and civics education and the outcome on these bills is available in the file below. There are no meetings of interest scheduled for tomorrow so our […]
It was only the second day of the legislative session, but Tuesday already saw a packed committee room and spirited debate over an education package bill that could be one of the most consequential bills of the 2019 session. Senate Bill 7070 passed the Senate Education Committee along party lines on Tuesday. Read More
The schedule for the 2nd day of the 60-day Legislative Session may appear to be light, but some very significant issues will be under consideration that are likely to produce lively discussion and debate. Of particular interest, the Senate Education Committee will consider a Proposed Committee Bill (PCB) that addresses expansion of existing scholarship programs, […]
Welcome to the opening of the 2019 Legislative Session! As is typical for the opening day, each chamber will hold separate sessions in the morning to hear from their chamber’s leader and conduct other business. The two chambers then will meet in joint session to receive the State of the State address by Governor DeSantis. […]
With a new Florida governor and a reboot of leaders in the state Legislature, fresh ideas abound as the 2019 legislative session readies for take-off Tuesday.Gov. Ron DeSantis is advancing a sweeping plan to address the state’s water quality problems, which fouled both coasts last summer. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami, wants wholesale changes to […]
Each week, Executive Director Andrea Messina picks top stories in education news. #5ThingsYouShouldKnow Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. A high school class writes a successful bill—and gets it passed What if colleges were pressed to increase graduation rates like high schools are Are longer recesses better? FLDOE created Chancellor for Innovation position A guide to digital […]
The Florida Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed to impanel a statewide grand jury to broadly investigate school safety, in an order issued Monday. The decision came after Gov. Ron DeSantis filed a petition on Feb. 13 to ask for the grand jury, which he said should have sweeping powers to oversee both the government failures […]
In this week’s edition of the FSBA Legislative Update, powered by FMBC, Executive Director Andrea Messina charts bills and topics moving as we approach the 2019 Legislative Session. Also included in this update: DOE updates and initiatives.
This was the last round of Legislative Interim Committee Meetings prior to the start of the 2019 Legislative Session. The schedule of committee/subcommittee meetings was relatively light this week, with bills and presentations addressing a wide variety of topics including, among others, school board member term limits, school choice, and impact fees. In related news, […]
Each week, FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina picks five top stories in education news. Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. A deep look into rural school districts based on survey responses from students who took the 2018 ACT exam Non-profit launches to teach new generation to be more skilled evaluators of digital content Pew Research Center survey […]
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah Gardens), Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs) today announced key components of legislation the Senate will consider during the 2019 Legislative Session. Read More