Florida Senate moves ahead with “choice in sports” proposal

A sweeping proposal to bring “school choice” to Florida high school athletics and other extracurricular activities passed its first Senate committee Thursday, despite concerns that it could encourage rampant recruiting of student-athletes. Senate Bill 684 — approved unanimously by the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee — builds on lawmakers’ efforts in recent years to grant more flexibility for student-athletes…

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of Jan. 10, 2016

1.      Legislative session hopes to be peaceful:  http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/legislative-leaders-look-peaceful-session-start 2.      Daily updates posted:  https://fsba.org/2016-legislative-session-resource-center/ 3.      Florida school districts struggling with teacher shortage:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-schools-teacher-shortage-20160113-story.html 4.      Kindergarten is the new first grade: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016/01/07/kindergarten-today-looks-like-first-grade-a-decade-ago 5.      Kids want Presidential Candidates to debate science:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/jan/14/kids-ask-us-presidential-candidates-to-debate-science