Tag: Rep. Joe Saunders

Bipartisan support for FL school choice plan aimed at special-needs students

A new type of school choice program aimed at serving special-needs students in Florida won bipartisan support during its first legislative committee vote Tuesday. Several Democrats on the House Choice & Innovation Committee joined Republicans in voting 11-2 for “personal learning accounts,” a school choice option that would allow parents with disabled[Read More…]

Digital learning bill clears Florida House subcommittee

Students would get greater access to online instruction through blended learning opportunities and potentially new providers under a Florida House bill that sailed through a subcommittee Wednesday. “This bill is going to be about innovation, access and technology,’’ said Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah, a school district assistant principal who[Read More…]

Florida charter school bill okayed along party lines

The Florida House subcommittee on choice and innovation approved its first bill along party lines Wednesday, giving charter schools more freedom to grow but also including new accountability measures. Lawmakers continue to amend the bill, which would allow charter schools to move into unused district facilities. It would also tighten[Read More…]