2022 Florida Legislature

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podcastED: The impact of the 2022 Florida legislative session on public education

On this episode, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill and Legislative Affairs Manager Alexis Laroe discuss the changes coming to education choice programs in Florida following the 2022 legislative session in Tallahassee. The education budget passed by the legislature this year is the largest in the history of the[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers pass largest budget in state history

The 2022 Florida legislative session drew to a close Monday with lawmakers passing a record $112.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Many education-related items were included in bills tied to the budget, including changes related to state school choice scholarship programs: Removal of the[Read More…]

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Bill establishing statewide charter school approval board, institute for innovation heads to Florida governor

As part of an ongoing push to bolster education choice, the Florida House and Senate gave final approval to a bill that would establish a statewide approval board for charter school applications and an institute for charter school innovation. SB 758, which received final approval from the Senate last week,[Read More…]

Florida charter school bills appear headed for approval

A bill that would make it easier for Florida charter schools to be approved has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature and has been sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. HB 225 won approval Friday when the Senate tabled its companion bill, SB 892, and adopted the[Read More…]

Florida Senate approves bill that would expand unique abilities scholarships, clarify dual enrollment rules

Students who were not able to receive funding this year from the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities could get some relief if the Florida Legislature approves Senate Bill 2524, which won unanimous approval in that chamber Thursday The bill, which would raise the limit on the number[Read More…]

Advocacy group concerned Senate bill provision could shut dual enrollment doors opened last year for private school students

Last year, private school families celebrated legislation that created a $15.5 million state fund to cover the costs of private school students who participated in dual enrolment programs that allowed them to earn college credit in high school. Supporters of Senate Bill 52 saw it as a restoration of fairness[Read More…]

Bill to simplify school choice scholarship process passes key Florida House committee

A bill that would streamline the approval process for K-12 state school choice scholarships got the green light on Wednesday in House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 5101 passed with little debate, with Democrats Anika Omphroy of Sunrise, Nicholas X. Duran of Miami, and Patricia Williams of Fort Lauderdale joining the[Read More…]

Word for Word: Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls on New Worlds Reading Initiative and state’s drive to improve early literacy

Editor’s note: Throughout the week, the Florida Department of Education is recognizing the 14th annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, joined Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran at a news conference at a Wakulla County elementary school to highlight the New[Read More…]