2017 Legislative Session: Week 6 Highlights

2017 Legislative Session: Week 6 Highlights

Friday, April 14, 2017
  • SB 360, which commissions a study to examine what other states are doing to beat the “Middle School Slump,” passed the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Committee this week.
  • HB 5105, which creates a supportive environment for high-impact charter management organizations to establish schools in Florida, passed the Florida House.
  • Legislation on school choice and resources for students with disabilities will likely be heard in the coming week.

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Senate Bill 360: Middle School Performance Study

Legislation to study what other states are doing to beat the “Middle School Slump” and raise academic achievement in middle grades passed the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Committee on April 13.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelli Stargel, directs the Florida Department of Education to conduct a study examining practices instates with high-performing middle schools.

A companion piece to the legislation, HB 293, sponsored by Representative Colleen Burton, passed the House Education Committee with a unanimous vote on April 6 and now moves to the House floor.

House Bill 5105: Schools of Hope/High-Impact Charters

Legislation to bring high-impact charter schools to the Sunshine State passed the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday.

HB 5105 sets aside $200 million to recruit nonprofit high-impact charter management organizations to provide Florida students in areas of persistently low-performing schools with high-quality education options.

A high-impact charter management organization is one that has demonstrated success in serving disadvantaged students and helping those students make significant academic progress. Currently, Florida is home to only two high-impact charter networks: KIPP (Jacksonville) and SEED (Miami).

Florida Senate and House leaders also passed their respective budgets. Both chambers are expected to begin the budget conference process next week.

Visit Foundation for Florida’s Future – 2017 Legislative Session for more information on these student-centered, teacher- and parent-friendly bills.

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