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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

A busy morning



The Florida House spent much of this morning approving several education bills. They included:

  • SB 1908, amends the school grading system
  • SB 1652, setting charter school accountability standards
  • SB 186, creating the University of South Florida at Lakeland
  • HB 893, setting the annual school supplies sales tax holiday
  • SB 1276, relating to the cost of day labor for school construction
  • SB 1906, creating a pilot project in which students could earn high school credit in industry certification programs
  • SB 1414, requiring the grading of supplemental academic tutoring providers
  • SB 526, establishing a pilot project in three counties allowing private school students to participate in public school athletics, if their private school does not offer the sport

Looking for controversy in these measures? It wasn't the school grading item or the charter school accountability measure. It came on the athletics item, which passed 75-41 after many members (mostly Democrats) blasted the idea for a variety of reasons, ranging from a lack of budget impact information to the potential for fraud. The bill passed after sponsor Aaron Bean's closing comments, including, "Is there anything more sad than a kid who wants to play ball but can't?"

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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