Tag: Sen. Dennis Baxley

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Dual enrollment bill clears House, Senate

Legislation that would allow all Florida students to take advantage of dual enrollment programs offered by colleges and universities for free won approval today from House and Senate committees. HB 187, co-sponsored by Rep. Ardian Zika, R-Land O’Lakes, Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, and Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, provides $550,000 from[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Investigation on testing urged, security deal and more

Testing investigation: Six conservative legislators are calling on the Florida Department of Education to investigate whether three school districts deliberately limited the number of low-performing 7th-graders taking the state end-of-course civics exam in order to earn better school grades from the state. Sen. Dennis Baxley and Reps. Jason Fischer, Michael Bileca, [Read More…]

Florida Legislature passes major homeschooling bill

On the last day of their annual legislative session, Florida lawmakers unanimously passed the most significant legislation to impact homeschool families in years. House bill 731 would rein in school districts’ inquiries to parents who start home education programs. The legislation came in response to concerns among parents that districts were adding[Read More…]

Fla. Senate panel passes home education legislation, revives personalized learning plan

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed legislation that would rein in district inquiries to parents who register home education programs. The bill by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, comes in response to concerns among parents that districts add hurdles for homeschool registration. That has likely contributed to a decline in homeschooling in some[Read More…]