Tag: Florida Rep. Manny Diaz

podcastED: Education reform in a post-COVID-19 world featuring Doug Tuthill and Manny Diaz

In this episode of podcastED, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill and Florida Senate Education Committee Chairman Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, discuss how public education shifts are ramping up due in part to COVID-19. Among other topics, Tuthill and Diaz discuss policy changes that will be required to allow families[Read More…]

Scholarship expansion bill headed to governor’s desk for signature

A bill that expands and aligns two K-12 scholarship programs for economically disadvantaged students won final passage in the Florida Legislature today and will be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his expected signature. With no debate and by a vote of 21 to 14, the Florida Senate gave final[Read More…]

school choice

Senate votes to expand Family Empowerment Scholarship

The Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee voted 5-3 today to bolster and align two state scholarship programs that provide education choice to economically disadvantaged students. SB 1220, a bill that spells out rules for teacher training and qualifications, also includes provisions aimed at aligning policies between the new Family Empowerment Scholarship, adopted last[Read More…]

Florida lawmakers look to streamline charter application process

In an ongoing effort to make it easier to open charter schools in Florida, some lawmakers want the state – not school districts – to get the first crack at reviewing charter applications. Members of the House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee discussed the idea Thursday during a workshop that introduced[Read More…]