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- Another school safety proposal surfaced this month, with a controversial bill – Senate Bill 730 – allowing teachers to be armed. Teachers would be allowed to volunteer to take part in the armed guardian program, and county sheriffs would be mandated to create these programs if their local school boards vote in favor of doing so.
- A state Senate bill, if passed, would give the state control over how local, voter referendum-approved funding gets allocated. But teachers union members oppose the measure, saying this bill would take money for public school teachers and giving some of it to charters.
- A House bill moves to require high schools to offer elective courses on the Bible and religion. Right now, Florida schools have the option to offer courses that teach about the Bible, but they aren't mandated to offer them.
- Florida, whose legislative session doesn’t start until March 5, already has seen dozens of education proposals filed on topics including school safety and curriculum. The legislature will likely iron out multiple pieces of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, including how often schools should be required to perform active shooter drills. There also are bills that propose changing the rules for gun possession at schools, and one state representative introduced a measure that would streamline response plans for when students with disabilities wander away from their school.
- In terms of academics, a state senator’s bill would allow districts to adopt their own standards, as long as they’re more rigorous than those of the state. Another state senator is pushing to mandate that public schools offer Bible studies electives, and after former state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, died in October, one of her co-sponsors is hoping to pass the bill — which would institute a high school financial literacy requirement and has failed five times so far — in her honor.
- Two bills, which critics say makes room for contradicting the existence of climate change, says controversial science topics should be taught in a “factual, objective and balanced manner.” One bill also says civics courses must stick to the “founding values and principles of the United States,” which opponents criticize as essentially meaning conservatism, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
- Other bills propose mandatory filters on school drinking water sources and increasing the minimum teacher salary to $50,000.
- Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has also announced an executive order that eliminates Common Core standards in his state's schools.