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Florida education bills gain traction

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February

You've heard about the major education legislation coursing through the Florida Legislature -- expanded school choice, athletic "free agency," teacher bonuses, recess and the like.

But what about some of the smaller measures? Where are they in the process?

Here's a brief look at some less publicized education bills making their way through the chambers. You'll note the Senate is moving more slowly than the House. Let us know if we missed any you're interested in.

SB 468, Computer Coding as a Foreign Language, is ready for second reading before the full Senate. Its House companion has not moved.

HB 835, Home Education, is before the full House on second reading. Its Senate companion has not moved.

HB 1003, Contracts for Retired Teachers, is on second reading in the House. Its Senate companion has made it through one committee.

HB 7021, Reading Instruction, is on second reading in the House. Its Senate companion has made it through on committee.

HB 4013, Blended Learning, is on second reading in the House. Its Senate companion has not moved.

HB 249, Culinary Education, is before the House on second reading. Its Senate companion has not moved.

SB 520, Bright Futures Scholarships, is on second reading in the Senate. Its House companion has passed one of three committees of reference.

Lawmakers are out for the weekend. But they'll be back next week, with just a couple more committee meetings to go. Nothing is dead yet. But that time is fast approaching. Keep watching.

[Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 12:40pm]

    

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