Education-related bill are stacking up in Tallahassee, four months before lawmakers return for the 2012 session.
At the top of the House heap is HB 1, sponsored by Rep. Michael Weinstein, R-Jacksonville, which requires state analysts to determine how much Florida should spend on education and report back to the legislature.
SB 164, sponsored by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, would allow military veterans to attend Florida colleges and pay in-state tuition. HB 45 would give vets priority when registering for college courses.
HB 81 and SB 106 are identical bills which could grant in-state tuition to anyone who attended a Florida high school for three years and graduated. Undocumented immigrants would have to sign an affidavit saying they have applied for citizenship or will do so as soon as they are eligible.
S. 98 would allow school districts to allow prayers or benedictions as secondary school events.
SB 150 requires the Department of Education to submit an annual report about student progress in juvenile justice education programs.
HB 71 would ask state analysts to study career or technical education and the creation of a diploma for those programs.
What’s missing from the list? What should be the top priority?