2023 Florida Legislature

Part-time enrollment in Florida could give families even more options for education

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on readlion.com. Florida students could soon benefit from the option to attend a blend of classes in public schools, homeschools and specialized schools as a part of their weekly schedule. Called “part-time public enrollment,” the initiative is a part of the bigger school reform[Read More…]

Word for word: Democratic lawmaker says education choice saved his life

Editor’s note: Last week, as members of the Florida House Education & Employment Committee debated HB 1, some lawmakers shared how education choice, or the lack of it, shaped their lives. Among them was Rep. Gallop Franklin II. The Tallahassee Democrat, one of two members of his party who joined[Read More…]

Florida’s education choice opportunity

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jason Bedrick, a research fellow with The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, appeared Sunday on dailysignal.com. Florida long has been a leading state for education freedom and choice. It was no surprise when Florida ranked first in the nation last year in The Heritage[Read More…]

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Florida education choice expansion heads to full House

Editor’s note: This update appeared earlier today on newsserviceflorida.com. A proposal that would make all Florida students eligible to receive taxpayer-backed school vouchers is headed to the full House, after getting some changes Friday. The Republican-controlled House Education Quality Subcommittee approved the proposal (HB 1) in a near party-line vote.[Read More…]

Companion bills that would massively expand education choice in Florida win committee approvals

Historic legislation that would expand education choice in Florida got a big boost Wednesday as two committees approved House and Senate versions of bills that would allow every K-12 student in the state to be eligible for education savings accounts. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Education voted 9-4,[Read More…]

Florida legislative session opening day: What they’re saying about education choice

Editor’s note: Today marks the first day of the two-month 2023 legislative session, although committees have been discussing bills since December. The state’s top legislative leaders, House Speaker Paul Renner, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, each cited education choice expansion as a priority during opening speeches to their chambers. Likewise, Gov.[Read More…]

New charter school name, effects of pandemic linger on with students and more

Legislature: WFSU takes a look at the top issues the Florida legislature will be tackling in 2023. School vouchers come out on top of the list. WFSU. Flagler: A Florida teen was held on $1 million bail after brutally attacking a teacher aid who confiscated his Nintendo Switch. WFLA. WESH.[Read More…]

Education savings accounts offer flexibility to build children’s best future

Editor’s note: This commentary from Juan Martinez, supervisor for The LIBRE Initiative-Florida, a group that advances economic empowerment in the Hispanic community, first appeared on orlandosentinel.com. Anyone who spends much time with children knows how different and unique every child is from another. As anyone with brothers or sisters can[Read More…]