Ethics, school grades bills head to governor
The Senate's education train never made it to the station, but the cars are arriving one by one.
A bill (SB 1712) aimed at making it harder for teachers found guilty of misconduct with students to remain teachers in Florida has finally won approval as a stand-alone piece of legislation, rather than as part of a train bill. The Senate unanimously accepted the House amended version this afternoon. It next heads to Gov. Crist for his signature.
A bill (SB 1908) that would reduce the amount that FCAT results count in grading high schools also won unanimous Senate approval and will go to the governor for his signature into law. This bill also includes a mandate for enhanced "next generation" education standards - a priority of House Speaker Marco Rubio - and a prohibition of what's been deemed "FCAT frenzy."
Expansion of the corporate income tax credit scholarship program continues to bounce in the Legislature as it heads ever closer to sine die.
UPDATE: The "P.E. bill" (SB 610) that expands a physical education course requirement into middle schools, and clarifies that the 30 minutes of daily physical education in elementary schools be "consecutive," also has passed both houses. School districts have expressed their displeasure with this bill.
UPDATE 2: The Senate adopted the House version of SB 653, which expands corporate income tax credit scholarships, which many consider vouchers.