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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – House and Senate proposals seek to add personal protective equipment to a list of items teachers can purchase with money from the state.

Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, filed the Senate version (SB 1376) on Tuesday after a similar measure (HB 919) was filed this month by Rep. Travaris McCurdy, D-Orlando.

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The measures would include items such as masks and shields, gloves and goggles as allowable expenditures under the Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program.

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Lawmakers launched the program to help teachers pay for classroom materials without having to use their own money. Under the program, school districts are provided with pre-loaded debit cards that teachers can use to purchase supplies.

The proposals were filed for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which will begin on January 11.

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