July 23, 2017

State law enforcement, employees get pay raise

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Gov. Rick Scott opened the legislative session in March with a verbal blast against House Speaker Richard Corcoran

The legislation, incidentally, includes $30 million in additional funding for a school voucher program for students with disabilities.

Scott said he will sign the bill at 3:45 a private school in Orlando because it increases school choice options for parents.

HB 7069 stirred up a storm of contention between traditional public school advocates and school choice supporters.

"It would remove school district discretion on the spending of Title 1 dollars, which would have dire implications for our most vulnerable students experiencing poverty", a statement from Orange County Public Schools 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.

"It's hard to say if we could have done anything differently", Couch said. "At best this is malpractice".

This assault on public education never should have been approved by the Legislature, much less become law. Joined by public school teachers, parents, PTAs, administrators and many school board members, they had urged for weeks that Scott veto the bill.

The budget contains $121 million for new programs to allow universities to hire "world class" professors and researchers and to reward top-performing medical, law and business schools.

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"We were able to come together, that was a win for the families of our state". These fearless men and women make a conscious choice to put their life on the line to protect our communities and they deserve our thanks and recognition for their incredibly important work.

Rumors say that Scott will sign HB 7069 later this week, but officially the governor maintains that he hasn't made a final decision.

"I thank Governor Scott for signing Senate Bill 7022 that, among other things, provides state law enforcement officers, correctional officers and all state workers a well-deserved and overdue pay raise".

"He has a bill I am reviewing, 7069, because he believes it is going to improve our education system, which is important to me, which is important to everybody", said Scott.

Scott on Wednesday vetoed an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron. It passed the state Senate by one vote as a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Education Association funded this ad in opposition of House Bill 7069. "And it sets up a guarantee for the profitability of the charter school industry in this state by delivering public schools we've purposely ignored to corporate managers we've deliberately positioned for success". "Those are all man created by their own organizations and their own leadership.They have less students than Broward County and they have 1,500 more employees", said Corcoran.

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