Gov. Scott to sign controversial education bill today in Orlando


But after the ceremony, Scott brushed off a question about whether he will sign a broad public education bill (HB 7069) that includes provisions on charter schools, teacher bonuses, state testing, recess and more.

The almost 3-minute web video, released ahead of a bill signing event at Morning Star Catholic School in Orlando, features news clips showing parents talking about their children and reporters highlighting the 2015 "Failure Factories" series by the Tampa Bay Times.

The Algebra 2 exam is out in the new bill, more teachers could net bonuses, but they're still partly based on SAT and ACT exam scores.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is going to approve a pay raise for state employees.

But Scott, Corcoran and others called the bill Florida's best hope. He bragged about transparency while secretly stitching together pieces of more than 50 bills into HB 7069 and springing it on lawmakers in the final days of the regular session. "If you're a low-income student at a charter school statewide data shows that only about 54 cents on the dollar actually follows you from the school district to the school your parents chose for you".

The budget would "have a detrimental impact on the students we serve in Lake", Lake County School District Superintendent Diane Kornegay said in a letter to Scott.

The legislation was a top priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

For Scott and Corcoran, the architect, the bill declares a major shift from continuing reliance on what Republican state Rep. Michael Bileca of Miami described as continuously-failing "traditional public schools".

"The Florida Sheriffs will continue to make the safety and security of Floridians and visitors our top priority", said Florida Sheriffs Association President and Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings.

Scott on Wednesday signed the bill (SB 7022) that includes $183 million that will be used to offer varying levels of pay hikes for workers.

Those colleges, which used to be called community colleges, now offer a mix of both two-year and four-year degrees.

Negron said he "fundamentally" disagreed with Scott's assertion that the legislation made "positive changes to our universities at the expense of Florida's community colleges".

"I think that what we're seeing is sort of a manufactured situation", said Kathleen Oropeza, co-founder of the advocacy group Fund Education Now, which opposes the measure.

"We have kids in Florida who are stuck in failure factories from their first entry into public school to the end", Corcoran said. "Students and families deserve certainty when making these important decisions, and today's veto makes advance planning much more hard".

Teachers are upset because potentially several hundred million dollars could be spent on charter schools that do not have to meet the same education standards as public schools.