Jeb Bush proposes sweeping education overhaul

Jeb Bush on Monday outlined a plan to overhaul education that seeks to diminish the federal role while providing more incentive for people to save. Coming on Martin Luther King Day, Bush said, “access to a quality education is the great civil rights challenge of our time.” Ideas include: Create Education Savings Accounts to replace 529 college savings…

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

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 01-14-2016

TODAY’S HAPPENINGS [NOTE:  The bills listed below are linked to the each bill’s website where you can find information about the bill including the bill sponsor, committees of reference, and staff analysis.  The committees/subcommittees are linked to each committee’s website where you can find information about the committee including the committee’s leadership, membership and staff, the committee’s…

Gaetz resurrected a seemingly dead corruption bill into a far more expansive set of ethics reforms

Sen. Don Gaetz doesn’t like the sound of no. On Monday the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted down his anti-corruption bill. So on Tuesday, the Niceville Republican inserted all of the bill’s provisions into another bill. Then he persuaded the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee to approve the proposal on a 7 -3 vote.…

FSBA Daily Updates: Legislative Session 01-13-2016

TODAY’S HAPPENINGS [NOTE:  The bills listed below are linked to the each bill’s website where you can find information about the bill including the bill sponsor, committees of reference, and staff analysis.  The committees/subcommittees are linked to each committee’s website where you can find information about the committee including the committee’s leadership, membership and staff,…