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Gradebook podcast: What’s next for Florida education policy?

Lawmakers have yet to set an aggressive agenda beyond talk of teacher pay as the 2020 legislative session nears.

Florida’s 2020 legislative session begins Jan. 14, and in the months leading up to the annual event, it’s been Gov. Ron DeSantis — not state lawmakers — who has led the charge in proposing new directions in state education policy. Improving teacher pay has become the driving topic of the discussion so far. But what else can we expect?

Something major, like another expansion of voucher programs?

Or is this the year that the Legislature finally takes its oft discussed breather from education issues, to let the schools get accustomed to all the latest requirements of the past few sessions?

Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau reporter Emily Mahoney joins Times education reporter Jeff Solochek to discuss the current lay of the land as lawmakers head into their final pre-session committee week.

To read Emily’s special report on Florida drug policy, as mentioned in the podcast, click here.

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