May 2, 2017 Update & Look Ahead

 Legislative Update:  May 2, 2017

Activities Today In Florida House of Representatives-

Fewer Better Tests HB773 (Diaz) WAS TEMPORARILY POSTPONED on third reading up for final passage in Florida House again tomorrow (See look ahead below)

HB843 “Meeting between to Board Members or Commissioners” up on House Floor for final vote FAILED TO REACH THRESHOLD 68-48

In Florida Senate:

SB1210 Instructional Materials - on Second Reading- retained on special order calendar. May take up House companion (HB989) instead and waive rules and pass on 5/3.

Looking ahead: The trains are forming-

Testing Bill up in House Wednesday May 3-

HB773 (Diaz / Sprows)

  • Playground access (Ponder) amendment similar to Sen Galvano bill withdrawn

Up in Senate:

SB926 Fewer Better Tests Sponsor- Pres. Pro Tem Flores is busy with budget negotiations so Sen Kelli Stargel is taking the driver’s seat on this very good bill. Her experience with education will be very valuable. We expect 926 to be heard and then sent over to House for consideration. The House can then vote and send back and Senate could suspend rules and vote on second reading and Bill is passed 5/3. Or, passed on 5/4. Rumor is that the deals have been made between sponsors and chambers hence the Amendments.

  • Baxley Amendment- Allow students to carry sunscreen
  • Hukill Amendment- Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement
  • Baxley Amendment- Virtual School Remove Prior year (HB833 we supported) and This Amendment to the Amendment
  • Mayfield Amendment-   Alternative Teacher Certification path
  • Bean Amendment – Use of playground equipment by non-district organizations

Galvano 1468 (Similar to HB833 Virtual Education). Senate will take up 833 with a couple amendments and send back to House

  • Galvano Amendment- Virtual Education- Workers Comp- Children’s Musical Education Incentive Pilot Program
  • Baxley Amendment – Teacher Mentorship Certification Path


In other News: House Education Committee Chair, Michael Bileca sent a text at 8:24PM when asked about status of “American Founders Month/ Civics Ed/ reading program” that “We [the House] has a plan! Should be fine.”


FCSBM Top Priorities Status:

Testing Reform- HB549 (Fine) passed House Last Friday- HB773 (Diaz) up for final passage in Florida House tomorrow 5/2/17 SB926 (Flores) in Rules not yet on Special order. Both 773 and 926 have become trains.  773/926 both contain Visitation of Schools by School Board Member

Religious Liberty – Passed both chambers (with Governor Scott) SB4436

Charter Capital Outlay- SB376 in conference – language may appear in another bill

Meeting Between Two Board Members (Sunshine)- HB843 up on House Floor for final passage tomorrow 5/2/17 - Senate uncertain  FAILED TO REACH THRESHOLD 68-48

Instructional Materials Adoption- HB989 Instructional Materials Adoption- Passed House- Senate SB1210 on Second Reading 5/2/17 should appear for final passage on Senate Floor 5/3/17 

Choice Programs-  SB902 – Gardiner Scholarships on 2nd reading 5/3 1468 and 833 Virtual School 

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