Going against the wishes of many school boards and superintendents, Florida Governor Rick Scott has officially signed a sweeping education bill, known as HB7069, that in part, steers state money toward privately-funded charter schools.
"This will be implemented well", Gov. Scott said at a bill-signing ceremony in Orlando Thursday.
"I look forward to meeting with CT business leaders to explain how additional public infrastructure and individual job training through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund will help create new opportunities for them to grow in the Sunshine State", Scott said. Charter-friendly provisions are scattered throughout the bill, such as one that requires traditional public elementary schools to provide recess to students (without resources to expand the school day) but exempts charters from the same mandate.
But House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who is also touring the state with Gov. Scott, chimed in to answer our question. He maintained it would help schools since it also comes on the heels of an increase in overall school funding passed during last week's special session.
Inside the popular sub shop, the mood was jubilant as supporters crowded around Scott on his last stop of the day on his Fighting for Floridas Future Victory tour.
Eakins says the law lets charter schools move in and directly compete with the districts' Title 1 schools.
Its a massive redistribution of educational funds from traditional public schools to for-profit charter corporations, said Luke Flynt, secretary-treasurer of the Florida Education Association. "This program will harm our schools, cut programs to our students, and make it harder to recruit effective and highly effective teachers".
The bill is considered to be a benefit for charter schools.
Charter schools in Cape Coral and countywide will now receive a portion of the local property tax revenue collected by the Lee County School District thanks to the governor's signing of a bill.
Participants waived signs and took turns talking to reporters in front of the Orange County School Board building during the protest. "We think, they're all going to go up to a 'C, ' based off the data that we seen", Couch said.
Negron was laser-focused on making the state's 12 public universities "elite" destinations, persuading the Legislature to give an extra $232 million to those institutions in the annual budget - while simultaneously cutting $25 million from the colleges, which primarily serve low-income students. All those things that we had listened to and heard, whether it is too much testing, whether we're testing too much, whether it's recess for kids in K-5, whether its pay raises for our highly-effective and effective teachers, whether it's taking care of children with disabilities and giving them those funds to make those decisions themselves. "And I've got news for them, they need to be focus on building handsome minds, not lovely buildings".
Not all public school officials opposed the bill, however.
"We celebrate today alongside the parents, students, and families of Florida who believe, as we do, that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed academically".