Senate Education Committee appears done for the session

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Any bill assigned to the Florida Senate Education Committee that hasn’t already been heard is most likely dead for the legislative session.

Committee chairman John Legg tells the Gradebook that Senate president Don Gaetz has not scheduled any more meetings for the committee and is not expected to do so.

“All the bills that have been passed are the only ones that are in play” unless the Senate waives its rules or expands upon bills already in the hopper, Legg said.

Gaetz “was serious when he said we have launched enough education rockets in the air over the past few years,” Legg said. “He just pulled the tarp over the launch pad for 2013.”

That strands legislation such as Sen. Jeff Brandes’ push for micro credits (SB 968), Sen. Kelli Stargel’s effort to reform the FHSAA (SB 1164) and Sen. Dwight Bullard’s proposal to create a statewide K-12 education commission (SB 992), among other ideas.

More from the Gradebook here.

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