Guv signs middle school P.E., ponders other bills
Gov. Charlie Crist is back in St. Petersburg today, Thurgood Marshall Middle School to be precise, to sign into law the bill (SB 610) that expands the state's year-old physical education requirement from public elementary schools to middle schools.
Meanwhile, a few other important pieces of education legislation await his John Hancock, having been sent to his desk Friday. He has until June 14 to sign them into law, or not.
There's HB 5083, which would do away with the 10 percent bonus now given to teachers who get National Board Certification and then mentor fellow teachers. Teachers would still get a 10 percent bonus just for getting certified, but only for up to a decade. Lawmakers cut the $88-million annual program to $55-million.
HB 7105 would establish a fee for students taking colleges' distance learning (i.e. online) courses, but not to exceed the cost of actually delivering the online material.
HB 669 would officially ban school bullying and require schools to set up anti-bully policies. And HB 7067 would expand the state's Virtual Schools program for K-8, and require school districts to offer the virtual program to its students.