Education issues (besides the parent trigger) continue to move through the Florida Legislature
While the parent trigger continues to get most of the attention, other substantial education measures march forward in the Florida Legislature with much less fanfare and fireworks.
The House is poised on Friday to give final approval to SB 1076, a bill that would alter high school graduation and testing requirements, giving more credit for career and technical coursework. Senate President Don Gaetz has called that bill one of his session priorities. The House also has HB 7051, which would prohibit use of immigration status for purposes of determining resident tuition, on tap for final reading. The Senate, meanwhile, is set to give its final nod to SB 86, which would ban adults from distributing material "harmful" to minors on school property.
Other potentially influential items also keep gaining traction, too.
The Senate Education Appropriations Committee on Thursday favorably recommended bills that would allow school districts to create their own charter schools (SB 1390), end the state textbook adoption process (SB 1388), and delay implementation of PARCC tests until all schools and districts have the demonstrated and proven technological capacity to offer them (SB 1630). It moved on these bills without opposition and almost no comment.
And a bill to radically alter the governance of high school sports (HB 1279) is queued up for second reading in the House.
Some lawmakers have noted that the hoopla surrounding the parent trigger has taken the spotlight off these and other ideas. Stay tuned to see what happens next.