Step Up For Students Education Roundup

Florida schools roundup: Bright Futures, Hope Scholarships, Pollack and more

Bright Futures boost: The Florida Legislature’s Joint Legislative Budget Commission will consider adding $25.3 million into the Bright Futures scholarship program when it meets next week. The Legislature allocated $520 million in the budget for the program, but the latest projections show an increase in the number of students qualifying,[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Security, Hope Scholarships, school closings and more

Issues for BOE: In its only meeting before the legislative sessions begins March 5, the Florida Board of Education urges lawmakers to boost funding for armed security and mental health services in schools, and to give districts greater flexibility on how they deploy the guardian program that arms school staff.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Education bills, court effect, security, state rank and more

Education bills: Proposed bills on education issues are starting to stack up for the Legislature, with more than 40 already filed for the legislative session that begins its 60-day session March 5. Among the latest filed are bills that would allow districts to adopt their own academic standards as long as[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Class sizes, school meals, security, raises and more

Class size violations: More Florida schools are in violation of the 2002 constitutional amendment governing class sizes, even some of those that take advantage of a loophole allowing them to use a schoolwide average instead of class-by-class counts, according to the Florida Department of Education. Educators think part of the problem[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Guardians, capital tax rate, suspensions and more

Arming school employees: More than a third of the 24 Florida school districts that chose to hire armed guardians for their schools are having trouble recruiting applicants, according to a review conducted by a newspaper and University of Florida student journalists. And some are having trouble with the ones they[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Board term limits, charter schools suing, sheriff and more

Board term limits: Proposals that would limit terms for local school boards to eight years are introduced in the Legislature. State Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey in the Hills, introduced the resolutions (S.R. 274 and H.R. 229) that, if approved, would go on the 2020 ballot as[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Graduation help, religion classes, LGBTQ students and more

Graduation paths: Florida’s high schools are graduating more seniors than ever, but some legislators want to find even more alternative paths to a diploma. “It’s still a big goal of mine,” says state Rep. Ralph Massullo, R-Lecanto, the chair of the House PreK-12 Innovation committee. Several bills have already been filed. One[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: K-12 funding, security, DeSantis, sheriff and more

K-12 funding concerns: Chief state economist Amy Baker tells House Appropriations Committee members that the three-year financial outlook for the state won’t cover expected budget growth in education and other critical areas. She suggests that the Legislature’s decisions on state spending and setting local property tax rates for K-12 education[Read More…]