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Scott signing bill with big money for charter schools

Scott signing bill with big money for charter schools Scott signing bill with big money for charter schools
Francis Olson | 15 June, 2017, 21:57

Rick Scott is expected to sign a heated education bill in Orlando and protesters will be here to greet him. But the change is only a one year fix and isn't permanent because of Scott's veto.

"People have passion about what they believe in", he said.

The final version of the bill also has tougher penalties for synthetic drugs offenders, including murder charges for drug dealers in cases where the buyer overdoses and dies.

Scott said he's happy with the outcome.

In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority of Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

Rumors have spread that Scott will sign the bill, perhaps as soon as Thursday.

For instance, it includes a $30 million expansion of the Gardiner Scholarship program for students with disabilities and mandates a daily recess for all public elementary schools.

School district officials also railed against the bill's provisions that would have them restructure the way they use Title I federal funds for low-income students, and share the local tax revenue they receive for capital projects such as school construction.

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Among those spending items is a plan to increase the Bright Futures merit-scholarship program to cover full tuition and fees for top-performing students, known as academic scholars.

"This terrible piece of legislation, if signed into law, would dramatically reduce the ability of school districts across the state to devote resources towards improving our public education".

"Students and families deserve certainty when making these important decisions, and today's veto makes advance planning much more hard", he said.

He said the legislation was created to "further elevate Florida's nationally ranked" state colleges through a renewed focus on their core mission of graduating students with two-year associate degrees and workforce credentials aimed at preparing them for jobs in their communities.

The veto also wiped out a new scholarship program for students from farmworker families, advanced by Sen.

This week teachers in Jacksonville and across the state protested against the bill, even though it includes something their unions want: the bill would remove the link between teacher pay and teacher "value added" scores, which are supposed to be based on student performance.

But in the end, Scott got to keep the programs.

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