Gradebook podcast: Vouchers, teachers with guns and other Florida legislative highlights

Lawmakers adopted an aggressive education agenda in 2019.
SCOTT KEELER   |   TimesLeft to Right: Florida Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., R- Hialeah, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, watch the passage of a school voucher bill in the Florida House, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
SCOTT KEELER | TimesLeft to Right: Florida Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., R- Hialeah, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, watch the passage of a school voucher bill in the Florida House, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Published May 9

With leaders’ attention on issues like immigration and health care, 2019 looked like it might not provide too many education-related fireworks for a change.

But just as in years past, the subject matter elicited some of the most heated and passionate debates of the session, with some of the specific ideas taking lawmakers down to the wire before they could adjourn for the year.

Many of the bills that grabbed the most attention came straight from the conservative playbook, whether they passed or not. Vouchers made it through. A Bible course requirement did not. Teachers carrying guns survived. School Board term limits died.

Tallahassee bureau education reporter Emily Mahoney joins Jeff Solochek for a review of the recently ended session, with some hints too of what might come next with the 2020 session set to begin in less than eight months (with committee weeks sooner than that).

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