Lawmakers Vote to Improve Educational Opportunities

Sweeping education reforms that span cradle to career were just passed by the Florida Legislature.

In the area of Higher Education, SB 4 would expand the Bright Futures Scholarship and further cement Florida’s World Class State Universities.

This year’s K-12 omnibus bill, HB 7055, continues Florida’s school choice legacy by passing several student-centered policies.

From local business to major corporations, a qualified workforce is a top concern for job creators. Florida wins when we close the gap by putting students ahead of special interests.


Legislative Session Coming to a Close

The 2018 Legislative Session is scheduled to end Friday, March 9. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is your number one resource for what passed, what didn’t, and what needs more work. Be on the lookout for the Florida Chamber’s end of session news brief.

The Florida Chamber Testifies for Better Higher Education Opportunities

During the second committee week of the 2017 legislative session, Brittney Hunt, Director of Talent, Education and Quality of Life Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of quality higher education opportunities for students.

“Providing greater access to post-secondary education and identifying and closing the skills gap are some of our top priorities and the Florida chamber is proud to support SB 2 and SB 4,” said BRITTNEY HUNT. “Florida must be adequately preparing our students to enter the workforce, as well as focusing on attracting and retaining world class talent.”

In fact, Florida Jobs 2030 (being released next week) is a research report from the Florida Chamber Foundation that will analyze gaps between what the jobs of the year 2030 will look like, and what skills will be required to succeed.

“Students will need to be prepared for the future, and the Florida Chamber thanks Senate President Joe Negron and Senator Bill Galvano for making higher education and closing the skills gap a main focus of their education conversations,” said HUNT.

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