Background on HB 7069

Gov. Rick Scott announced that he will sign a charter-school-friendly, $419 million K-12 public schools bill that has incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition statewide, rejecting arguments from traditional public school advocates.

The governor will sign the bill Thursday afternoon at Morning Star Catholic School in Orlando, where he will be accompanied by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, and Hialeah Republican Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., who championed the legislation…Continue Reading 

 

Florida Education News

Scott’s veto of higher ed bill adds to growing feud with Senate leaders. Setting off both political and policy shock waves, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a major higher education bill that was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron and a key part of negotiations to close out last month’s regular session……Continue Reading  

The question remains whether Scott will sign or veto the major K-12 conforming bill. Governor Scott continued to say he was reviewing HB 7069. 

Failing & Frustrated: 2nd Florida teacher makes the case that scoring process on teacher test is flawed, WFTS reports.

 

In private calls, superintendents tell Scott they still want H.B. 7069 axed

During private calls with Gov Scott, superintendents statewide asked for him to veto  , The Politico Reports

Governor Scott is “reviewing” HB7069

Gov. Scott says he will veto student funding portion of budget.  In a surprise press conference with House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he will veto the education funding portion (FEFP) of the Legislature’s recently adopted budget.  Scott said he would ask lawmakers in a special session, scheduled for June 7-9, to increase per-student funding by $100 — a major increase over the $24.49 in the current version. That level had caused concern among school district leaders.  Negron said he appreciated the House leadership’s willingness to move in the Senate and governor’s direction on education funding. The House was unwilling to consider leaving local property tax rates alone and letting districts reap the benefits of increasing values, as the Senate and Scott proposed…. Continue Reading

HB7069

Romano: On this education bill, you decide who is evil.

House leadership knew its charter school plan was not going to succeed on its own, and so it used funding for special needs kids as a political hostage. And then it crammed HB 7069 with a bunch of other proposals to make it more difficult for Scott to veto. – John Romano, Times Columnist

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