From many, few education bills gain chamber passage halfway through Florida legislative session Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dozens of bills related to education and schools get filed for consideration every year in the Florida Senate. Aside from the budget and some key policy concerns, few make it to the finish line.

Halfway through the 2017 legislative session, the same trend is shaping up. Just a handful of measures affecting PreK-12 have won passage in one chamber of the Legislature, most of them this week.

Here's a brief synopsis of six notable ones:

SB 78, to require daily recess at public elementary schools, passed the Senate 36-0 on Tuesday. A different House version is moving.

HB 373, to bar school boards from providing extra job guarantees to annual contract teachers, passed the House 79-37 on Wednesday. A version is moving through the Senate.

SB 436, expanding student rights to religious expression in public schools, passed the House 114-3 on Wednesday. The House amended the bill significantly and sent it back to the Senate.

SB 591, curtailing penalties for class size violations, passed the House 95-22 on Wednesday. A version is moving through the Senate.

HB 781, clarifying school grades for K-2 schools in feeder patterns, passed the House 116-0 on Wednesday. The Senate has a companion in subcommittee.

SB 827, deleting the cap on teacher bonuses for student test results, passed the House 117-0 on Wednesday. The Senate does not have a related bill.

Many prominent, and sometimes hotly debated, pieces of legislation remain in the hopper on both sides. Keep watching.

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