Florida Senate Passes Bill Allowing Lawmakers To Visit Any School In Their District

Feb 5, 2018
Originally published on February 2, 2018 7:10 pm

The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill that allows state lawmakers to visit schools in their district, on any day and any time. That currently only applies to school board members as well as members of a charter school governing board. And, right now, principals or superintendents have the option to refuse a lawmaker’s visit or limit the scope of the visit. So, under Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s (R-Port Orange) bill, legislators can give a “heads up” or make it a surprise visit.

“As a former teacher, I can’t tell you how many surprise visits I had,” she said. “Happened all the time. There were very, very few scheduled visits to my classroom. Many of them were a surprise. And that’s okay, because we want to see them in the classroom doing what they do.”

While the Senate passed the measure Wednesday, the bill’s House companion has not yet had a hearing.

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