Tidbits & Trivia
The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is one of the most dived.
Under Governor Jeb Bushs comprehensive education reform provisions (enacted as part of House Bill 751), the Manatee County District School Board is now required to implement a pilot project raising the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18. The pilot project applies to each child who has not attained age 16 by September 30 of the school year in which a school board policy is adopted. Before adopting a policy implementing the pilot project, the district school board must notify each parent or legal guardian of a 15-year-old enrolled in the district of the intent to raise the compulsory school age. Within two weeks after adoption of the policy, the district school board must send another notice to the same parents and guardians, informing them of the penalties for failing or refusing to comply with the compulsory attendance requirements.
The school board must evaluate pilot program costs and the effects on school attendance and district dropout rate. The school district must report its findings to the legislature, the governor, and the commissioner of education by August 1 each year of the pilot project. No end date for the pilot project is mentioned in the new law.
Also, two other bills of interest to home schooling families were defeated. The bills would have changed some provisions of the current law allowing home educated students to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities at public schools.