Florida School Boards Association joins chorus seeking HB 7069 veto

Florida has two groups advocating on behalf of school boards, and they are not always asking for the same things.  They disagreed on vouchers — in fact, the Florida Coalition of School Board members split from the larger, more established Florida School Boards Association over that issue — and now they disagree over the 278-page HB…

Florida school boards: Education bill ‘substantially flawed,’ ‘unworthy’ of Scott’s approval

Add the Florida School Boards Association to the growing list of groups calling for a veto of HB 7069, the mammoth $419 million K-12 public schools bill Republican lawmakers unveiled and passed in the final days of their annual session.  In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, the FSBA — which represents 64…

VIDEO: FSBA Session Wrap-up

Tallahassee, FL – After a three day extension, Florida’s Legislative Session has come to an end. Watch this FSBA Legislative Weekly Update for highlights, and be sure visit the FSBA Session Spotlight Blog and 2017 Legislative Session page for in-depth summaries, resources, and analyses. Also, be on the lookout for FSBA’s online and face-to-face Legislative Summary events.

FSBA Session Spotlight — May 8, 2017

The Legislature adjourned the 2017 Legislative Session, sine die, shortly before 9:00 pm this evening having passed each of the budget Conference Reports and tax cut package.  As expected, HB 7069 was the only education related Conference Report that generated significant debate, particularly in the Senate.  The bill passed the House by an essentially party…

Parents, school leaders urge ‘no’ vote on mammoth education bill

A swift outcry of condemnation came over the weekend from many parents, teachers and school administrators who want the Florida Legislature to reject a $419 million, 278-page K-12 public schools bill — which was decided behind closed doors, which lawmakers cannot change and which they’ll have had only about 72 hours to review when they…

FSBA Session Spotlight — May 7, 2017

The Legislature will return to work tomorrow — Monday — for the last day of the extended 2017 Legislative Session.  The only items that are scheduled to be considered are a bill outlining the state tax cut package (HB 7109) and the Conference Reports on the budget, budget implementing bill, and the related conforming bills. …