This week, we especially enjoyed meeting and hosting education advocates who care deeply about the quality of education for their children and students in their communities. Hear from some of them in the video clip below. We’re excited to work with these and more Floridians looking to make a positive impact this session.

Video: Help more Florida students access a great education!

 

 

And here’s a quick update on the work taking place at the Capitol to help expand and improve the diverse educational options in Florida and support and reward our hardworking teachers:

Big News for Bills Offering a Customized Education for Students with Special Needs
On Thursday, a measure sponsored by Senator Gaetz and Representative Fresen passed with overwhelming support from the Florida Legislature. Senate Bill 672 will expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities through the Gardiner Scholarship program. Our Executive Director, Patricia Levesque, remarked on how the impact will make a profound difference in the lives of children for generations to come.

Earlier in the week, the House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee approved House Bill 837, sponsored by Representative Bileca, which makes key improvements to the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, allowing more students to benefit from the opportunities it provides.

Course Access Bill on the Move
On Monday, House Bill 7029, sponsored by Representative Cortes, passed from the House Education Appropriations Meeting. It would help remove arbitrary limits on course access, and we look forward to reporting on its next movements!

Update on a Benefit our Teachers DeserveOn Wednesday, the House K-12 Subcommittee passed House Bill 719, sponsored by Representative Ross Spano. This bill will provide all full-time teachers with liability coverage and requires a district school board to notify teachers of the available liability insurance amount and nature of the coverage.

Next week, we expect lawmakers to discuss Competency-Based Education and Universal Public School Choice. Contact us if you’d like to get involved: reply to this e-mail to learn more about how you can be part of these conversations in Tallahassee or what you can do from home to make your voice heard. And visit aFloridaPromise.org for more information and resources regarding student-centered bills on the move this year!

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