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Gradebook podcast: They’re back. Florida lawmakers start talking education priorities

School security and early learning get top billing in the first committee meetings of the looming 2020 session.
The Florida House Education Committee focuses on early education in its first meeting of the 2020 session. [The Florida Channel]
Published Sep. 19

Just months after ending their 2019 session, Florida lawmakers have headed back to Tallahassee to begin preparing for 2020. The first week of committee meetings has offered a glimpse into the education priorities the Legislature is poised to tackle.

Among them are school security (no surprise there) and early education.

What else is on tap? Reporters Emily Mahoney and Jeff Solochek read the tea leaves.

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