Senate Introduces Proposed K-12 Budget, House 'Schools Of Hope' Expansion Bill Advances

Mar 19, 2019

Senator David Simmons introduced his proposed Community Schools Grant Program weeks ago, part of the Senate's omnibus education bill SB 7070, which advanced from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Tuesday.
Credit Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Several controversial measures related to education are moving forward in Florida’s House and Senate.

SB 7070, the Senate’s omnibus education bill, looks to create a new voucher program that would pay for low-income families to enroll their kids in private school. Meanwhile, the House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee advanced a bill that expands the existing Schools of Hope program, which allows charter operators to run schools deemed “persistently low-performing.”

To top it all off, the Senate introduced its proposed K-12 education budget Tuesday.

WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter sat down with reporter Ryan Dailey to recap the day in education at the Capitol.