Governor Scott Education Bill Signing SB736
Governor Rick Scott signs Florida Chamber-backed education reform legislation (SB 736) aimed at tying much higher teacher salaries to actual performance instaed of the union-backed tenure method.

Primary and Secondary Education

A talented workforce is Florida’s best economic development tool toward ensuring businesses can successfully compete in the global marketplace. To secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber continues building on its long-standing efforts to champion bold education reform policy centered on accountability, measuring successes and failures, rewarding good teachers and providing parents and students with options to achieve education success.

After years of battling the union agenda, the Florida Chamber and its partners in the education community are not only leading the charge to reform Florida’s education system, positive gains are being made. But more must be done.

The Florida Chamber is committed to focusing on ways to use innovation to change our education system and secure Florida’s future by establishing our state as a global leader in education.

 

Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Reducing the tax liability on businesses while simultaneously providing financially disadvantaged students a way out of failing schools is a win-win situation. Despite resistance by unions, school choice options allowing students to learn and thrive remains a Florida Chamber education priority.

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program encourages voluntary contributions from corporate donors to provide scholarship funding for students seeking a quality education. This year, lawmakers expanded the program to serve more students by increasing the tax credit cap to $229 million per year.

House bill 859 sponsored by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) and Rep. Richard Corcoran (R-New Port Richey), businesses will now have a greater opportunity to invest in Florida’s children and help generate better education outcomes.

SB 962/HB 859

 

Digital Learning

Learning with 21st century technology tools will help prepare Florida students for entry into a high-skill, technology-centered economy. Building on the Florida Chamber’s goal of preparing students for a global marketplace, the legislature passed an important Florida Chamber-backed digital learning priority.

House bill 7063 sponsored by Sen. Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), students entering K-5 will be allowed to participate in full-time offerings at school district virtual instruction programs, virtual charter schools and Florida Virtual School. The bill removes restrictive barriers and allows part-time digital learning opportunities to students in grades 4-5.

SB 1402, HB 7063

 

Related Resources
  • 2012 How They Voted (PDF Document)
  • Your Vote Matters Letters:
  • SB 962 – Senate Special Order Calendar, March 8, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1718 – Senate Special Order Calendar, March 7, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1718 – Senate Budget Committee, March 3, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 7063 – House Special Order Calendar, March 1, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 859 – House Special Order Calendar, February 29, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 1191 – House Special Order Calendar, February 28, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1718 – Senate Budget Subcommittee, February 27, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 859 – House Education Committee, February 27, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 7063 – House Education Committee, February 22, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 1115 – House Education Committee, February 20, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1698 – Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee, February 20, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 1191 – House Education Committee, February 15, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 7063 – House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. February 13, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 859 – House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. February 13, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1366 – Senate Higher Education Committee, February 8, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 1191 – House Rulemaking & Regulation Subcommittee, February 2, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 859 – House Finance & Tax Committee, January 25, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • SB 1718 – Senate Education Pre-K Committee, January 23, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • HB 1191 – House K-20 Innovation Subcommittee, January 23, 2012 (PDF Document)
  • 2012 Where We Stand (PDF Document)
  • 2011 How They Voted (PDF Document)
  • 2011 Legislative Report Card
  • The Florida Scorecard
  • Closing the Talent Gap (PDF Document)
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