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Several education bills win partial approval



With the Florida legislative session at its halfway point, both the House and Senate have begun moving more bills to full votes and off to the other side for consideration.

On Thursday, a variety of education bills won approval. Among them:

HB 867, the parent trigger, won approval in the House 68-51 with seven Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition. The Senate version remains in committee.

HB 53, requiring school districts to publish their testing schedules, won unanimous approval.

HB 609, prohibiting bullying and cyberbullying, passed unanimously. A similar version is in Senate Judiciary.

HB 7009, revamping charter school laws, passed the House 87-29 after removal of a controversial proposal to let charters use vacant school district buildings.

HB 7027, digital learning, passed 82-37 with some measures aimed at curbing Florida Virtual School and tutoring services, as well as allowing school districts to create innovative charter schools.

SB 134, requiring school boards to meet at least once quarterly at night, passed 39-1.

SB 284, amending rules dealing with school emergencies, passed unanimously.

Several other measures continued to progress through the system, being placed on third reading or progressing through committees. Stay tuned to see which of these bills make it through to the governor's desk.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:24pm]


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