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 Update: 4/24/15: The bill has passed the House and awaits a final vote in the Senate. 


The trains have started rolling in the House with several technical maneuvers creating massive new bills.  One of the so-called train bills combines a popular plan dubbed, “public school choice” with several other measures aimed at charter schools.

Florida students have dealt with an avalanche of problems with this year’s set of standardized tests, which were so bad that legislators have been pushing a proposal to suspend testing temporarily. But Florida Democrats and activists don’t think the measure heading to Gov. Rick Scott goes far enough.

A one-year moratorium on new bachelor degree programs at Florida’s community colleges expires next month. But a proposal that would revamp how and when schools could establish new programs, has yet to clear the legislature. More than 100 programs have been created at the schools during the past eight years and the Board of Education has never rejected a single proposal.

The sun would no longer come out when it comes to identifying university and college president and provost candidates. At least that’s the point of a public-record exemption moving in the Legislature.

Toni Richardson

A plan that would allow students to attend any public school in any county is running into head winds in the House. The proposal cleared its most recent committee in a partisan vote, and even its supporters admit it’s got flaws. Still, it’s generating a lot of interest outside the legislature.