Sen. Diaz’s SB 1672 to Make Education More Affordable to Veterans

Sen. Diaz’s SB 1672 to Make Education More Affordable to Veterans

Florida's recent moves on education

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
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April 14, 2021

On Wednesday, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education came to order to talk about a couple of bills, including SB 1672  sponsored by Senator Manny Diaz Jr. (R-36).

This bill according to Diaz intends to “Creates a state university program for each state university to waive the tuition fees for one online course for a Florida resident who is a veteran.”

This would apply to an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces or an active drilling member of the National Guard who has not been enrolled in a post-secondary institution for more than 5 years and is enrolled in an online degree program.

Diaz also includes that state universities would not be allowed to charge veterans over 75% of tuition costs, a provision that has garnered bipartisan support in the Florida Senate.

The bill generated little to no debate within the hearing and garnered the support of the Florida Parent Teacher Association,and received unanimous support to pass the bill.

SB 1672 wasn’t the only bill to be heard by the subcommittee as Senator Darryl Rouson’s SB 1740, on the Florida Fine Arts Program Seal was also addressed.

Rouson wants to pass this bill in order to recognize students who graduate public school with fine arts credits with a “seal” on their diploma.

The bill would establish the first “Seal of Fine Arts” for Florida high school graduates on their records.

This would apply to students who have participated in programs along the lines of, “dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.”

Like Diaz’s bill, SB 1740 passed unanimously, and the two move closer to becoming law.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a Pre-law student and has lived in Florida for 15 years. He is a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, received the 'Spirit of the American Legion' award, and was the President and founder of his high school's debate and moot court teams. On the side, he enjoys football, academics, politics and is a self-proclaimed patriot.