Education Bills on the Move – Florida Legislative Session Week 6 Highlights

As the head of school at Tampa Bay Christian Academy, Natasha Sherwood knows how important educational opportunity is to Florida families. Last month, she met with lawmakers to share her support for the Family Empowerment Scholarship program. Watch her video below.


Mastery-Based Education: 

House Bill 401, sponsored by Representative Nick DiCeglie, unanimously passed the House Education Committee on April 9. 

The legislation would give participating public school districts additional flexibility to continue innovating student learning by: 

Senate Bill 226, sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes, is similar to the Senate bill and is expected to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee in the coming weeks. 

Watch Lynda Hayes, Director of P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, discuss how mastery-based education empowers students at her school and how legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Nick DiCeglie would help students across Florida. 


Career and Technical Education: 

Legislation to address postsecondary workforce education, Senate Bill 1308 by Senator Keith Perry unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on April 9. 

This committee-proposed bill would: 

The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. 


Early College High School Programs: 

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would expand access to early college programs. 

House Bill 189 by Representative Ardian Zika, which would allow colleges and universities to create early college programs, passed the Higher Education Committee on April 9. 

In these types of programs, students graduate high school with an associate’s or bachelors degree. The bill now moves to the House Education Committee for consideration. 

A similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1342 sponsored by Senator Kelli Stargel, passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on April 9. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. 


Accountability in Educational Opportunity: 

House Bill 1127 by Representative Wyman Duggan unanimously passed the House Education Committee. The legislation would require the Florida Department of Education to maintain disqualification list so that “bad actors” are not allowed to open or maintain a public charter school. 

The bill is now ready to be considered by the full chamber. 



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