Bright Futures Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Florida high school students will have expanded volunteer options toward earning Florida Bright Future Scholarships under a bill which has fully passed the Florida Legislature.

As a result of HB 793 by Representative Marlene O’Toole (R-The Villages), students will have the opportunity to engage in expanded service work areas, including professional and civic areas of interest, and will be encouraged to explore businesses and nonprofit community service organizations as potential careers.

This bill will be forwarded to Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Please Thank These Lawmakers:

The Florida Chamber encourages you to join us in thanking lawmakers who played instrumental roles in the passage of this important bill. Please click here to send a letter to these lawmakers.

Florida Chamber-Backed Education Accountability Bill Passes Florida Legislature

A Florida Chamber-backed education accountability bill reducing the number of education assessments passed out of the Florida Legislature today and is heading to Governor Rick Scott to be signed into law.

HB 7069, championed by Senator John Legg (R-Lutz) in the Senate and Representative Marlene O’Toole (R-The Villages) in the House, calls for reducing the number of required state and local education assessments for Florida’s students.

Education is an economic competitiveness imperative for Florida and this country. Championing educational reforms for a globally competitive workforce is a Florida Chamber priority. While there are transition bumps to work out, the Florida Chamber believes that, as a state, we must not step back from higher standards and accountability. Fewer and better tests will help ensure Florida’s assessment and accountability system continues to succeed.

“This is good news for Florida’s students,” said Brittney Burch, Education Policy Director of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We had many champions in the legislature on this issue, including Senators John Legg and Don Gaetz and Representatives Marlene O’Toole, Manny Diaz and Erik Fresen. Florida wins when we invest in policies that help make our students more competitive and today, we saw the fruits of that effort.”

The Florida Chamber thanks the many legislators that put Florida’s students before special interests. The bill will now go to the Governor, where he has the option to sign it into law.

Watch It Now:

“We need fewer and better tests,” explained Senator John Legg in a recent Florida Chamber Bottom Line episode. “We’ve gone overboard… the bureaucrats have interpreted the statutes to the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law.” Click here to watch Senator Legg’s Bottom Line episode now.