Special-Needs Education Bill Clears Senate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would give parents a greater say in shaping the education plans for their special-needs children.

The measure (SB 1108) cleared the Senate on a 39-0 vote Monday. Similar legislation is being considered in the House with time winding down in the 60-day session, which ends Friday.

The Senate-passed bill gives parents a greater say in shaping the curriculum and individual education plan for their special-needs children.

Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, says that increasing the options for the parents will give the students a better chance to succeed. Gardiner is the bill's lead sponsor along with Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine.

The bill also ensures that students with disabilities have access to the professionals and resources that will best serve them.

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