TALLAHASSEE — A wide-ranging education bill with more than a dozen significant policy proposals passed the Florida Senate without any debate Wednesday on the measure’s most consequential components.
HB 7029 deals with capital funding for charter and traditional public schools, accountability measures for charter schools, open enrollment in K-12 public schools, high school athletics and funding for state colleges and public universities, among other areas.
State Senators passed it 28-12, with Democratic state Sens. Bill Montford of Tallahassee, and Jeremy Ring of Margate, joining the Republican majority in support. All other Democrats were opposed.