House panel considers class size penalty, virtual school bills
The House's Choice and Innovation Subcommittee exhibited widespread support for CIS3, a proposed committee bill that would increase virtual education. The bill would allow more providers and online K-12 education in Florida, including a pilot program that would allow districts to launch virtual or partially virtual schools.
House members showed even more support for HB 189, which relaxes Class Size Amendment penalties. School officials from Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Duval counties spoke in favor of the bill during the meeting.
A third proposal, presently known as CIS2, would stiffen school grading requirements and also increases access to student education data for research and analysis. Several Democrats expressed privacy concerns and voted “no,” but the bill still passed.