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President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education is a conservative fundraiser and vocal critic of traditional public schools. While Betsy DeVos’ nomination could mean drastic change for some states, she has already made her mark on Florida’s education system.

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Florida’s tax credit scholarship program is back in the courts.

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Florida’s students can now attend any public school in the state, as long as there is room. And high school athletes now have greater freedom to switch schools as well.  These are just two of a series of new education laws approved by Governor Rick Scott.

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A massive education bill is a step closer to Governor Rick Scott's desk. It changes everything from the way charter schools get construction dollars, to allowing school board members to join different organizations.

The Florida House has approved several education bills changing everything from the way students can transfer to how how quickly they can advance in school. But some of those proposals face opposition in the Senate when they get there.

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It’s the second time around for a bill that would allow Florida students to attend the public school of their choice. But unlike last year, when the measure was first introduced, this year’s effort is bringing sharp critiques from Democrats.

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

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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.

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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.

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Students could soon be able to enroll in any school—public or charter—in the state, as long at there’s space available. The "Public School Choice" proposal is poised to break down the district, and school boundary lines that have existed for decades.