Education

2022 Florida Legislative
Session on Education

Click on the bill number of any proposed House and Senate legislation below to view its full text, current status, companion bills, committees considering it, all sponsors and effective date, if enacted. We will provide updates for certain bills, as well as relevant stories and resources so you can get more information. The database will be updated regularly.

Title
Bill#
Description
Sponsor

Virtual Instruction Programs

Removing a requirement that a virtual instruction program provider document that it locates an administrative office or offices in this state, requires its administrative staff to be state residents, and requires all instructional staff to be Florida-certified teachers, etc.

Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)

Education

Repealing a requirement that the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors, respectively, require each Florida College System (FCS) institution and state university to conduct an annual assessment of intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity, etc.

Sens. Tina Polsky (D) and Lauren Book (D)

Education

Establishing the Charter School Review Commission within the Department of Education; requiring the Commissioner of Education to appoint members; authorizing the commission to solicit and review charter school applications, etc.

Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr.

Education for Student Inmates

Authorizing the Department of Corrections and each county, respectively, to contract with Florida College System institutions to provide education services for student inmates, etc.

Sen. Keith Perry (R)

Native Language Assessments in Public Schools

Requiring that a high school equivalency examination administered in any language other than English be given the same weight as a high school equivalency examination administered in English, etc.

Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez (R)

Drinking Water in Public Schools

Subject to legislative appropriation, requiring district boards to coordinate with district school boards to identify certain schools and to provide funding to those schools by a specified date, etc.

Sen. Janet Cruz (D)

School Safety Funding

Revising certain allocations to school districts; specifying uses and distribution requirements for certain safe schools allocation funds for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, etc.

Sen. Janet Cruz (D)

School Teacher Training and Mentoring Program

Establishing the School Teacher Training and Mentoring Program within the Department of Education; requiring the department to provide funds to school districts to place teachers who meet specified qualifications as mentors for certain other teachers, subject to appropriation, etc.

Sen. Shevrin D. "Shev" Jones (D)

Upgrades to Education Facilities as Emergency Shelters

Exempting costs of less than $2 million associated with certain upgrades to education facilities from being included in certain cost per student station calculations, etc.

Sen. Lori Berman (D) et al.

Hope Scholarship Program

Revising the purpose of the Hope Scholarship Program; revising program eligibility; providing for the use of funds under the program; revising school district, Department of Education, parent, and nonprofit scholarship-funding organization obligations under the program, etc.

Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)

Required Instruction in Public Schools

Requiring members of the instructional staff of public schools to provide instruction on social media literacy; defining the term “social media”; requiring district school boards to make social media literacy instructional material available online, etc.

Sen. Lauren Book (D)

Teacher Salaries

Requiring each school district that has not yet reached a specified minimum base salary to use its share of the teacher salary increase allocation in a specified manner, etc.

Sen. Lauren Book (D)

Civic Literacy Education

Requiring the Commissioner of Education to develop criteria for a civic literacy practicum that meets certain goals; authorizing the practicum to be incorporated into a school’s curriculum beginning in a specified school year, etc.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R)

Public School Transportation

Revising the requirement that district school boards provide transportation for certain students; requiring a district school superintendent to request a review of a hazardous walking condition upon receipt of a written request from a parent of a student, etc.

Sen. Janet Cruz

Emergency Drills in Public Schools

Revising district school board duties relating to fire drills and emergency drills; expanding requirements for district school board procedures relating to drills for active assailant and hostage situations; etc.

Sen. Janet Cruz (D)

Compulsory School Attendance

Revising the required age for compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years of age; deleting a requirement that a student’s parent sign a declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment, etc.

Sen. Shevrin D. "Shev" Jones

Required Instruction in the History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Requiring the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be included in specified instruction, etc.

Sen. Linda Stewart (D)

Guidance Services for Academic and Career Planning

Requiring district school boards to inform students and parents of certain acceleration, academic, and career planning options; requiring certain information to be included in such notification, etc.

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D)

Individual Freedom

Providing that subjecting any individual, as a condition of employment, membership, certification, licensing, credentialing, or passing an examination, to training, instruction, or any other required activity that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual etc.

Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)

Prohibited Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

Prohibits discrimination based on protected hairstyle in Florida K-20 public education system.

Rep. Kamia L. Brown (D)