HB 7055 Budget flimflam- Secret House/Senate horsetrading begins

HB 7055, Speaker Richard Corcoran’s controversial Bully-voucherizing, charter-expanding, school-board-eroding, teacher-union- destroying, buried-in-the-House-budget train hit the brick wall of the Florida Senate this past Thursday. Earlier in the day the House passed its budget, HB 5001, which stipulates that any school funding is contingent on passage of HB 7055: HB 5001,Page 20, SA 92 AID TO LOCAL…

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CRC votes NO to stripping school board salaries

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission Education Committee voted down the highly unpopular proposal by Erika Donalds to strip school boards of their salaries. Donalds, a sitting school board member in Collier County who was appointed to the CRC by Speaker Richard Corcoran, has distinguished herself as being opposed to the constitutional structure of elected school…

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CRC dumpster fire: Ed proposals advance to vote

Tomorrow the Florida Constitution Review Commission meets to vote on several public education issues.  The commission, which meets every twenty years, is comprised of GOP political appointees who have the power to propose and place changes to the constitution on the ballot. Florida is the only state that uses a non-elected committee to change its…

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Fine print in 7069 lowers district graduation rates

Florida HB 7069, the sweeping backroom deal brokered by Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron and Governor Rick Scott strips districts of credit for those students who graduate using alternate options such as online learning. Last year at least 1,000 at risk public school students earned diplomas from district-contracted private alternative school  Smart Horizons…

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Inside the FSBA 2018 Proposed Legislative Platform

There’s no time like the present to study the public education policy process. The Florida School Boards Association, comprised of the 67 school boards across the state, recently posted their proposed 2018 Legislative Platform items for consideration by their Legislative Committee this Thursday, October 26, 2018 in Gainesville. As in 2017, three or four items will be…

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