FSBA Session Spotlight — March 27, 2019

Today, the House and Senate Appropriations committees will take up their proposed budgets, implementing bills, and conforming bills and will consider any amendments to them. We have prepared a side-by-side comparison of the education funding portions of the House and Senate appropriations bills as they stand today before consideration by the Appropriations Committee meetings. Please…

Should parents be able to ‘opt out’ their children from having an armed teacher?

A bill that would allow classroom teachers to carry guns passed yet another committee Tuesday in the Florida Senate along party lines, leaving it with just one more committee in each chamber before it reaches the floor.  But amidst the emotional debate surrounding the bill, a new idea emerged that caught the attention of a prominent…

Travis Cummings sees education funding as budget skirmish

Expect money for education to be heavily contested during budget conferencing and negotiations of the later days of Session.  That’s according to House Appropriations Chair Travis Cummings, who spoke to Florida Politics about the spending plan he believes his committee will forward on Wednesday to the House floor next week. The House and Senate late last week released initial…

FSBA Session Spotlight — March 26, 2019

As we near the mid-point of the Session, time is growing short for bills that haven’t been heard in their committees/subcommittees of reference so today we see a flurry of activity to consider bills that have been waiting for first hearings while others are completing work in their committees/subcommittees of reference and soon will be…

FSBA Session Spotlight — March 25, 2019

Before diving into the fourth week of the Legislative Session, please be sure to watch our FSBA Weekly Video Update featuring FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina providing a recap of the main events during the third week of the Session.  To date, there have been few, if any, bills of interest on Monday’s schedule but…

FSBA Friday Five – March 22, 2019

Each week, Executive Director Andrea Messina picks 5 things you should know in education news. Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. Can teachers rise to the challenge of only lecturing for 9 minutes? Opening a day care at this high school increased graduation rates The importance of play Did you know—2019 is the International Year of the…

FSBA Session Spotlight — March 21, 2019

Today’s schedule appears fairly light, but several bills of interest will be considered, including the House Proposed Committee Bill (PCP) relating to school safety as well as bills relating to anti-Semitism, parental rights, public records, government accountability. and construction, Today’s schedule is posted below and is updated throughout the day with the outcome on these…

House, Senate education budgets differ by $600 million

As anticipated, the Florida House unveiled a PreK-12 spending planWednesday that’s more than a half-billion dollars leaner than the version released Tuesday by the Senate.  Both differ from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request.  After introducing his $21.6 billion proposal, House PreK-12 Appropriations chairman Rep. Chris Latvala made clear he anticipated changes as the session progresses. Read More