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Gov. Scott Signs Major K-12 Education Bill Increasing Scholarship Opportunities and School Choice

March 13th, 2018 | last Update: 5 months ago

posted by: Nan Thompson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7055, which increases scholarship opportunities and expands school choice in Florida’s K-12 education system. Since taking office, Governor Scott has focused on ensuring Florida’s children receive a quality education by championing increased funding for Florida’s K-12 public schools, and strongly supported school choice by signing legislation that provides more flexibility for students and families.

Governor Scott said, “Every child in Florida should have the opportunity to get a great education at the school of their choice so they can achieve their dreams. I am proud to sign this legislation today and I appreciate the work of House Speaker Corcoran to put the needs of our students first. Speaker Corcoran has been laser-focused on making sure that every child in Florida can get a great education and I appreciate his efforts to champion this legislation for our students. This bill, along with the efforts we have made over the past seven years to support Florida’s schools, teachers and students, will help ensure Florida’s children have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

The legislation signed by Governor Scott today includes:

  • Expanding the Gardiner Scholarship Program for students with unique abilities;
  • Creating Reading Scholarships to help struggling readers, with priority given to English Language Learner students; and
  • Establishing the Hope Scholarship Program for students who are victims of bullying, harassment, and violence.

To view the transmittal letter, click HERE.

 


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