Legislation To Expand Economic Opportunity Through Education Passes First Senate Committee

By: Florida Senate Email
By: Florida Senate Email

News Release: Florida Senate

Tallahassee–The Florida Senate Committee on Education, chaired by Senator John Legg (R-Lutz), today passed Senate Bill 790, Education Technology, sponsored by Senator Legg, and Senate Bill 732, Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton). Additionally, the Committee approved Proposed Senate Bill 7036, Postsecondary Education, for introduction as a committee bill.

“By developing Florida digital classrooms that integrate digital learning and technology into everyday instruction, we can ensure Florida students are acquiring the skills needed to compete and lead in today’s global economy,” said Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). “Additionally, by eliminating the automatic tuition increase, reducing the tuition differential, and ending the soaring cost of the Florida Prepaid Program we can provide some financial predictability and keep higher education affordable for more students and their families.”

SPB 7036, Postsecondary Education, by the Senate Committee on Education removes the automatic, annual increase of resident undergraduate tuition and specifies that rate increases can be provided in the General Appropriations Act. The legislation adjusts the tuition differential from a maximum increase of 15 percent down to 6 percent.

SB 790, Education Technology, by Senator Legg elevates funding and policy aspects of technology-enhanced classroom teaching and learning by creating a dedicated source of funding for school district technology purchases and activities to improve student performance outcomes. The legislation tasks the Department of Education (DOE) with developing a Florida digital classrooms plan that establishes minimum protocols, parameters, and requirements for the state and districts. School districts must develop and submit annually to the DOE a plan that is tailored to local assets, needs, and priorities within the general parameters established by the Department and that is based on improving student performance outcomes.

SB 732, Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program, by Senator Galvano aims to provide the Florida Prepaid College Board better predictability of future tuition and fee payments to universities, thus reducing the cost of prepaid contracts. The maximum assessment and payment for state university registration fees, tuition differential fees, local fees, and dormitory fees is capped at no more than the actual cost charged by the state universities for such fees.

For more information, please visit www.FLSenate.gov.

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