Major education law changes fly through Florida Senate
No great surprises here. The Republican-dominated Florida Senate that promised to expand charter schools and scale back class-size rules has acted to do just that.
This morning the Senate overwhelmingly approved SB 1546, which would among other things grant 15-year contracts to "high performing" charter schools, and SB 1466, which would dramatically reduce the number of courses subject to reduced class-size requirements.
The charter school bill was immediately sent to the House, along with a repealer bill that would eliminate the Merit Award Program and several other "obsolete" programs. The class size measure does not have a House companion, but the issue remains in play in the education budget that's now in conference committee. Its sponsor, Sen. David Simmons, chairs the subcommittee overseeing public school funding, so the language could still become law.
Stay tuned as the Legislature quickly winds down.