Kathleen Passidomo targets what she calls ‘excessive regulations’ on Florida schools

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Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, is trying to encourage feedback that could help lead to lawmakers “cutting red tape for public schools.”

The deregulation initiative stems from a law (HB 1) approved by the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis this year.

The law included a major expansion of the state’s school voucher programs.

In a memo to senators Thursday, Passidomo highlighted steps that would lead to deregulation and said the measure “took the first step towards reducing onerous and excessive regulations” on public schools.

As part of the law’s requirements, the State Board of Education will review the Florida Early Learning-20 Education Code for potential repeals.

That review is designed to lead to recommendations that would go to lawmakers for consideration during the 2024 legislative session, which will start in January.

“HB 1 requires the Board to consider input from teachers, superintendents, administrators, school boards, public and private postsecondary institutions, home educators, and other entities, and that process is ongoing,”

Passidomo wrote in Thursday’s memo.

The Senate president also asked senators to share with constituents an online survey launched by the education department that seeks to compile ideas related to regulations that could be put on the chopping block.

Passidomo also pointed to several “immediate” revisions to the state’s education code that were included in the 2023 law.

“The bill repeals the requirement that a student take one online course in order to graduate from high school, which is not currently required in private schools. The bill also offers districts flexibility in facility costs for new construction, and offers student transportation flexibility to improve efficiency, while maintaining student safety,” Passidomo wrote.

©2023 The News Service of Florida

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