Text of the Bill and a Brief Summary
- HB 109 (full text)/SB 246 (full text) make two significant changes to existing conversion charter law. First, the bills remove the requirement that the majority of teachers must vote in favor of charter conversion in order for it to take place. Secondly, the bill allows for municipalities to convert public schools in their jurisdiction to charter schools.
- HB 109 also includes language that would force school districts to make vacant land they own available to charter schools under certain circumstances. That language is not currently in HB 246. In the video below Crystal Etienne explains the harm that will occur if this provision were to become law.
- HB 109 will be on the agenda when the Choice and Innovation committee meets on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8:00 a.m.
- SB 246 has its first committee stop in the Senate PreK-12 Education Committee. It has yet to be placed on the agenda.
No votes yet.
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- SB 7004 (full text) is one of three bills proposed by the Senate PreK-12 Education Committee that focuses on deregulation of public schools. The focus for SB 7004 is on regulations regarding assessment and accountability.
SB 7004 makes several significant changes to Florida’s graduation and retention requirements as well as to teacher evaluations. Some of the proposed changes include:
- Eliminating the requirement to pass Grade 10 ELA assessment and Algebra 1 EOC in order to earn a high school diploma. (Line 848)
- Allows for a third grade student who receive a Level 1 on the ELA assessment to be promoted to 4th grade if the student’s parent determines promotion to be in the student’s best interest. (Line 1080)
- Prohibits VAM from being the “sole determinant to recruit instructional personnel.” (Line 1250)
As important as what is included in the bill is what is not included. The proposals fall far short of creating parity between all publicly-funded schools.
- Nothing in this bill reduces the number of tests students take nor the amount of time spent testing.
- The bill continues to favor publicly-funded private, corporate schools over public schools.
- Publicly-funded private schools still don’t have to share their test scores with the public, and they are not labeled with an A-F grade.
SB 7004 has been referred to the Fiscal Policy Committee for what will likely be its final committee stop before heading for a vote in the full Senate.
The bill could be heard in the Fiscal Policy Committee as soon as Dec. 5. We’ll know by Nov. 28 if the bill is placed on the agenda for the Dec. 5 meeting.
- 9-0 : Senate PreK-12 Education Committee, 11-15-23. (Senators Osgood and Yarborough both had excused absences from the meeting.)