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Joshua Wilson

HB 7137 involving HS athletics and the FHSAA

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Well HB 7137 is moving right along, which is the furtherest any bill to drastically alter the FHSAA and the HS athletics landscape has gotten in the last few years. 

 

As of today three new amendments to the bill that include a much clearer picture of how transfers can be eligible and outlines a set GPA to be maintained (one of the key points I pointed out in the first draft of this bill that was missing, which set of an angry firestorm), plus laying out terms of what different things mean.

 

Now the bill is up for a 3rd reading meaning either is going to get voted on and get passed by the House or its going to die. Since there is a Senate companion bill that is in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education that is working its way through and i would not be surprised at all if these two bills are merged together and combined and likely to pass the way things are looking. 

 

If you are interested in tracking the bill you can go here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/7137/ByVersion

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Proposed Eligibility HB 7137:  Maintains a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, in the previous semester or a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

 

Current Rule: A high school student must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent, at the conclusion of each semester to be academically eligible during the next semester

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Proposed Eligibility HB 7137:  Maintains a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, in the previous semester or a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

 

Current Rule: A high school student must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent, at the conclusion of each semester to be academically eligible during the next semester

 

It added the language which was originally not included when the bill was first introduced and caused a lot of concerns. At least now we know we are not going to let kids that are failing to be some how eligible. I know the current rule is there, but a lot of folks complained about it missing which indeed it was because I couldn't even find the GPA requirements in the bill. I guess finally someone forced the hand to make sure it was written in the bill.

 

Also from someone else I have talked to who has watched this bill extensively said it seems the FHSAA will be safe as the organization running the show, but they seem to be looking to transform some policies that have been needing a change as indicative of the Board of Directors Agenda for the meeting this coming Monday.

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