After last-minute changes, Legislature sends education ‘train’ to Scott’s desk

TALLAHASSEE — The Legislature sent a massive omnibus education bill to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk on Friday after spending the final hours of the 2016 legislative session negotiating privately and trading several amendments that were each more than a hundred pages long. The House voted 82-33 on Friday to pass a heavily amended HB 7029, a…

Massive education bill OK’d on final day

A wide-ranging education bill dealing with everything from funding for high-performing universities to high-school membership in athletic associations made it through the final day of the legislative session Friday, despite the long odds that such policy “trains” often face. But in the process, lawmakers cut a provision aimed at ensuring that taxpayer-provided construction dollars for…

FSBA #FridayFive – Week of Mar. 7, 2016

1.   Harvard’s multiyear initiative to transform K-12 education:  http://edredesign.org/by-all-means 2.   Increase in bomb threats?  You are not alone:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/08/schools–computer-bomb-threats/81489322/ 3.   Heard of the “Stop Swatting in Our Schools Act”?  http://www.chron.com/news/article/Proposed-federal-bill-would-combat-swatting-in-6873330.php 4.   SXSWedu takeaways:  https://www.the74million.org/article/3-things-we-learned-about-the-future-of-education-at-south-by-southwest-education 5.   John B. King, Jr. closer to being confirmed as Education Secretary:  http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-03-09/senate-committee-votes-to-approve-new-education-secretary