Rick Scott Signs 'Transformational' Education Bill

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1076, ensuring, he said, that Florida students are prepared for college and careers and have the necessary skills to compete for jobs in a competitive global economy.

Scott was joined Monday by Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, legislators, and education and business leaders from across Florida.

Said Scott, “This legislation transforms our education system and is an important step to ensuring the success of our future workforce who are students in our classrooms today. As I travel the state, families tell me they worry about three things: getting a great job, a quality education, and keeping their cost of living low. This legislation helps us take a giant step forward toward that goal.

“This legislation, coupled with my recommended $1.2 billion increase for K-12 education and historic total of $480 million to support $2,500 pay raises for our classroom teachers, will ensure Florida is a national leader in education. I appreciate the hard work and commitment by President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford, along with their collaboration with my office, to get this bill passed for our students.”

Scott and his fellow Republican lawmakers appear on a collision course over the teacher pay raises. Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing for raises to be award based on merit, while Scott wants an across-the-board raise for every teacher in Florida. Scott talked Monday morning with reporters and reiterated that one of his two main priorities for the legislative session is to give teachers an across-the-board raise.

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