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No problem: Florida House Education Policy Council flies through spate of bills



The House Education Policy Council needed more than eight hours Monday to get through SB 6 / HB 7189, ending with a vote split along party lines and a lot of anger among the teachers and their supporters who attended.

It doesn't always have to be that way, though.

The council met for less than an hour this morning and unanimously passed along eight bills. Among them:

HB 55 -- Proposed by Rep. Betty Reed, a Tampa Democrat, this bill would encourage school districts to have academic scholarship signing days similar to those held by high schools for athletic scholarship signings. It's to "re-impress the importance of academic success to the students," Reed said.

HB 1505 -- Proposed by Rep. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican, this bill would redefine and expand eligibility for McKay Scholarships for students with disabilities. Democrat Marty Kiar pushed for even more access for students with autism than the bill provides, praising the effort as a way to get all children the education they deserve.

We're not looking for the same level of bipartisanship when the House members head to the floor at 1 p.m. today to debate HB 7189 and HB 1009 (expanding corporate tax credit scholarships). Still, it was nice while it lasted.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:56am]


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