Florida school-safety bill among education measures left to wither

Published: March 17, 2020 | The Center Square

(The Center Square) – An advocacy group formed by parents and family of victims of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is demanding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis call a special session to reconsider a bipartisan school safety bill.

House Bill 7065 was among the education related bills that fell to the wayside as the Legislature concluded its 60-day session Friday. Other items not passing the Legislature include voluntary pre-kindergarten, parental rights, school-board term limits and testing measures.

“Florida legislators failed our students, who next year will be less safe than they could and should be,” Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto said in a statement. “This failure is inexcusable.”

Lawmakers will convene briefly Thursday to adopt a $92.3 billion budget. A special session is tentatively planned to happen before June, hopefully after the coronavirus outbreak peaks and before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

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