Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a landmark package of legislation to support and empower Florida’s teachers, get TikTok out of schools, and protect the integrity of the classroom. On Tuesday, DeSantis announced that he would approve more than $1 billion for teacher pay in this…Read More Florida Gov. DeSantis Approves $252 Million In Teacher Pay Increases
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Florida Senate Gives Final Approval On Later School Start Times
The Florida Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would lead to many high-school students seeing later school start times in the future. The Senate voted 38-2 to pass the bill (HB 733), which was approved March 31 by the House. Sen.…Read More Florida Senate Gives Final Approval On Later School Start Times
‘Political Loyalty’ Tests Could Be Banned At Florida Colleges, Universities
Colleges and universities could soon be prohibited from requiring “political loyalty” tests for students and employees as a condition of admission or employment, under a measure passed Tuesday by the Senate. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 33-5 to pass the bill (HB 931), which is now…Read More ‘Political Loyalty’ Tests Could Be Banned At Florida Colleges, Universities
8-Year Florida School Board Term Limits Pass, Head To DeSantis
The Florida Senate on Monday gave final approval to a bill that would impose eight-year term limits on county school-board members, readying the issue to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Legislature and DeSantis last year approved a measure that capped board members’ terms at…Read More 8-Year Florida School Board Term Limits Pass, Head To DeSantis
Florida House Poised To Pass Charter School Tax-Revenue Share
The Florida House on Wednesday could pass a measure requiring school districts to share local property-tax revenue with charter schools. House members took up the bill Tuesday, setting it up for a vote. Under the proposal (HB 1259), tax dollars collected through discretionary 1.5-mill local…Read More Florida House Poised To Pass Charter School Tax-Revenue Share
New College Of Florida Trustees Get Senate Nod
The Senate continued moving forward Monday with confirming a slate of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, as outnumbered Democrats grilled one of the governor’s picks. The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee voted to advance seven conservative appointees…Read More New College Of Florida Trustees Get Senate Nod
Partisan School Board Elections In Florida Go On Ballot
The Florida Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to shift to holding partisan school board elections. The proposal (HJR 31) will go on the 2024 ballot and, if approved by voters, would do away with a requirement that…Read More Partisan School Board Elections In Florida Go On Ballot
Construction Money Could Go To Florida Charter Schools
A proposal that would require Florida school districts to share local property-tax revenue with charter schools is teed up for consideration by the full House, after a committee debate Monday about whether it could bring “parity.” Property taxes collected through discretionary 1.5-mill local levies go…Read More Construction Money Could Go To Florida Charter Schools
Controversial Higher-Ed Bill Backed In Florida Senate
A measure designed to carry out parts of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ higher-education agenda moved forward Wednesday in the Senate, after changes that included a proposal to give university presidents ultimate hiring authority at their schools. The Republican-controlled Senate Education Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 along party…Read More Controversial Higher-Ed Bill Backed In Florida Senate
Partisan Florida School Board Elections Proposal Going To Senate
After the House passed the idea last month, the Senate could be ready to take up a proposal aimed at holding partisan school board elections in Florida. The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday approved the proposal (SJR 94), positioning it to go to the full…Read More Partisan Florida School Board Elections Proposal Going To Senate