The Florida House on Monday defanged a bill meant to shift control of which textbooks public school students read.
The measure (SB 864) originally was designed to kill a state-approved reading list and required local boards to decide their own instructional materials.
On a voice vote, however, House members approved an amendment that would keep the state list, but allow for a review and comment period on materials, followed by a public hearing.
Parents would have input, but the local school board would reserve the final decision.
“They’re going to have to own it,” said Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami.
The House’s action set up the bill for a vote, which could happen later Monday. If approved, the bill would go back to the Senate.
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UPDATE: Shortly after 3 p.m., the House passed the bill by a vote of 84-33.