Florida Gov. to Sign Bill That Shifts Students to Charters and Give more money to Charter School
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Associated Press and Fred Piccolo Communications Director Office of the Speaker of the House
According to the Associated Press, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing a sweeping education bill that school districts and superintendents had been asking him to veto.
Scott is scheduled to sign the bill Thursday in Orlando.
The legislation (HB 7069) steers more money to privately run charter schools, requires recess in elementary schools and tinkers with the state’s oft-criticized standardized testing system. It also includes $30 million extra for a program that provides services to disabled children.
Superintendents say the legislation will be harmful to traditional public schools as some provisions require districts to share local tax dollars with charter schools.
Scott said in a statement he will sign the bill because it increases school choice options for Florida parents.
The legislation was a top priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Speaker Corcoran said, “Today is a great day for Florida’s students, parents, and teachers. This bill is the most transformative pro-parent, pro-student, pro-teacher, and pro-public education bill in the history of the state of Florida. It ends failure factories. It rewards the best and brightest teachers and principals. It gives bonuses to every highly effective and effective teacher. It puts a focus back on civics education and teaching our students about what made our country great. It provides scholarships to students with disabilities. It mandates recess for our students. It reduces testing. And last, but not least, it forces more money into the classroom by making the money follow the students. In other words, it gives children hope and dignity. It says all children deserve a world-class education.”