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      Press Release— Feb 27th, 2017

Bill Status:  3/7/17 was filed and will be headed to committee.


For Immediate Release:  2017 Instructional Materials companion bills filed in the Florida House and Senate.


WHAT:  SB 1210 and HB 989 companion bills were filed last week by Sen. Tom Lee and Rep. Byron Donalds. These are “fixit” companion bills to a very “well-intentioned” Senate Bill passed into law in 2014, but not implemented by a single school district.  The original intent was to establish each school board to be constitutionally responsible for the instruction materials used in their respective districts and to establish an open, transparent process for reviewing, raising objections to and approving instructional materials used with K-12 students.
Executive Summary

Bill text ( SB1210)


When passed this fixit bill will:

- Require that each school district shall implement a transparent Policy/Process within their District whether they acquire from the State list or create their individual acquisition program.
- Provide a definition of quality materials and requirement for providers to
meet Florida existing laws.
 - Tighten the definition of instructional materials to include “on-line” materials.
 - Give each District School Board greater flexibility to use instructional materials that meets or exceed current Florida Standards.
 - Expand a parent’s right to object to include the rights of all taxpayers.


Please call the following members and ask that they support this bill.


 Education Committee


Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R) -

(386) 304-7630 or (850) 487-5014

 Vice Chair:

Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)

(321) 409-2025 or (850) 487-5017

Senator Gary M. Farmer, Jr. (D)

(954) 467-4227 or (850) 487-5034

Senator Bill Galvano (R)

(941) 741-3401 or (850) 487-5021

Senator Tom Lee (R)

(813) 653-7061

Senator David Simmons (R)

(407) 262-7578 or (850) 487-5009

Senator Wilton Simpson (R)

(352) 540-6074 or (850) 487-5010

Senator Linda Stewart (D)

(407) 893-2422 or (850) 487-5013

Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D)

(954) 321-2705 or (850) 487-5033


 "The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things."

Jean Piaget

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