Governor Scott Signs Florida Chamber Education Bill Into Law

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Education Accountability Law
Champions Fewer and Better Tests

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 14, 2015) – A Florida Chamber-backed education accountability bill reducing the number of education assessments was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott today.

“This legislation reduces the number of tests our students take, including the 11th grade English Language Arts test that we eliminated this year through an Executive Order in February,” said Governor Rick Scott in a press release. “I agree with many teachers and parents who say we have too many tests, and while this legislation is a great step forward, we will keep working to make sure Florida students are not over tested.

HB 7069, championed by Senator John Legg (R-Lutz) in the Senate and Representative Marlene O’Toole (R-The Villages) in the House, called 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.”

“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.

The Florida Chamber thanks the many legislators that put Florida’s students before special interests.

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From Learners to Earners – Florida Chamber Education Update

The Florida Chamber believes that a quality education, from early learning to lifelong learning, is Florida’s new economic development strategy. Improving education for a better workforce is a top priority for the Florida Chamber.

This week, the Florida Legislature focused its attention on several Florida Chamber-backed education bills. Below is a compilation of Florida Chamber-backed education bills that saw legislative action this week.

Championing School Choice for Students

  • SB 692 – Sen. Jeff Brandes (R- St. Petersburg
  • HB 7037 – Choice & Innovation Subcommittee and Rep. Bob Cortes (R- Maitland)

    Helps charter schools provide quality education options around the state.

  • SB 1448 –  Sen. John Legg (R- Lutz)
  • SB 1552 – Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers)

    Gives parents the opportunity to choose the best learning environment for their students.

Preparing Florida’s Workforce for a Global Economy

  • SB 960 –  Sen. Tom Lee (R- Brandon)

    Allows students to expand their volunteer opportunities.

Empowering Teachers

  • HB 587 – Rep. Ross Spano (R- Riverview)

    Will provide teachers greater professional development opportunities.

Supporting Global Standards for
College and Career Readiness

  • HB 7069 – Education Committee and Rep. Marlene O’Toole (R- The Villages)

    Will help streamline testing process for Florida’s students.

 

Get Involved:

There are many ways to get involved in the Florida Chamber’s long term fight to move Florida’s education system in the right direction.