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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…]

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…]

Senate president praises Florida as ‘the promised land for education-minded families’

Editor’s note: The Florida Legislature began its 60-day session today with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ state of the state address and opening speeches from the Senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, cited passage of the nation’s largest education choice expansion in[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers set to convene 124th regular legislative session

The Florida Legislature’s annual session begins today and runs through March 11. Unlike last year, when state lawmakers passed the nation’s largest expansion of education choice, this year is expected to be marked by more modest changes aimed mainly at improving efficiency for schools and families. Here is an overview[Read More…]