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Lawmakers will decide major K-12 policy, spending today -- and rest of 2017-18 budget

Many education advocates, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, want the Legislature to vote “no” Monday on a $419 million, 278-page education bill — which lawmakers cannot change — that was released Friday evening as part of the 2017-18 budget package.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Many education advocates, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, want the Legislature to vote “no” Monday on a $419 million, 278-page education bill — which lawmakers cannot change — that was released Friday evening as part of the 2017-18 budget package.

A swift outcry of condemnation came over the weekend from many parents, teachers and school administrators who want the Florida Legislature to reject a $419 million, 278-page K-12 public schools bill — which was decided behind closed doors, which lawmakers cannot change and which they’ll have had only about 72 hours to review when they vote Monday.

House and Senate members will decide the fate of HB 7069 as part of several up-or-down votes on a 2017-18 budget package. The Legislature extended its annual session until 11:59 p.m. Monday with the intent of passing an $82.4 billion spending plan, its single constitutional obligation.

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Public education advocates, like the Florida PTA and other groups, and superintendents — including Miami-Dade County Public Schools chief Alberto Carvalho — aim to convince their elected representatives to vote “no.” Such an outcome is unlikely but not unprecedented, and it would potentially call the entire budget into question because of the major dollars attached.

“I’ve spoken to so many senators — both parties — who are opposed to so many portions of that bill,” Broward County Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, said. “The question is: Will they have the fortitude to vote no?”

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[Last modified: Sunday, May 7, 2017 7:03pm]

    

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