2017 Legislative Session: Week 2 Highlights
Friday, March 17, 2017
This week, Florida leaders considered bills to enhance statewide assessments, remove caps on teacher bonuses and study how Florida can improve middle school student achievement.
- Florida’s “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation (House Bill 773) unanimously passed the House Subcommittee on PreK-12 Quality.
- A bill to remove caps on teacher bonuses (House Bill 827) unanimously passed the House Subcommittee on PreK-12 Innovation.
- A study to improve middle school performance (House Bill 293) unanimously passed the House Subcommittee on PreK-12 Quality.
House Bill 773 (sponsored by Representative Manny Diaz Jr. and Representative Chris Sprowls) unanimously passed the House Subcommittee on Pre-K Quality on Tuesday.
This bipartisan legislation would give teachers more time to teach by moving statewide assessments to the end of the school year, increase transparency by providing teachers and parents with easy-to-understand and actionable student score reports, and ensure teachers receive timely results from local assessments to help inform classroom instruction.
During the meeting, City of Hialeah Educational Academy Principal Carlos Alvarez told committee members the legislation would positively impact the teachers and families at his school.
House Bill 293(sponsored by Representative Colleen Burton) also passed the House Subcommittee on PreK-12 Quality with a unanimous vote on Tuesday.The bill directs the Florida Department of Education to conduct a performance study examining what other states are doing to beat the “Middle School Slump” and raise academic achievement in middle grades.
House Bill 827(sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Porter), which removes caps on financial awards available to teachers, passed the House Subcommittee on PreK-12 Innovation on Monday. Currently, Florida teachers are capped on the bonuses they can receive when their students successfully earn college credit in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) or industry certifications or digital certificates. This legislation removes those caps.
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