Last day of legislative session

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.”

About Brandon Haught

Communications Director for Florida Citizens for Science.
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One Response to Last day of legislative session

  1. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Ah, phooey: School voucher bill passes:

    The final bill would require private schools with a majority of voucher students to publicly report standardized test results but it would not require private school students to use the same standardized test as public schools.

    Just what “standardized” means in this context remains undefined in this story – and may well end up getting defined in a courtroom.

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