The fight in the state legislature over a voucher program expansion attempt might spill over into today, the last day of the session. Florida Citizens for Science believes that expansion of the program is a bad idea without a requirement to hold voucher-accepting private schools accountable for what they teach, especially in science classrooms. Let’s see if there are any fireworks today: Voucher program expansion stalls again in Senate.
Also, Florida lawmakers passed a bill yesterday affecting how textbooks are selected. This final version may cause some headaches and is a bit worrisome, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the original horrible bill proposed by Sen. Hays.
Florida Legislature passes school textbook bill
Parents would have a chance to object to textbooks used at public schools under a bill passed Thursday by the Florida Legislature.
Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla and sponsor of the bill, said it would finally give parents a way to object to textbooks without having to complain to legislators or state education officials.
“They don’t have to come to Tallahassee,” Hays said. “They can appeal right there at the local level.”