Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Shifting More Money to Charter Schools

Florida Gov. Rick signed a sweeping education bill that will force school districts to share state and local money with privately-run charter schools.

Scott signed the bill Thursday at a ceremony at a private Catholic school in Orlando.

School superintendents have been pleading for weeks for Scott to veto the bill, which has also been roundly criticized by the union that represents teachers. The legislation narrowly passed the Legislature, but it was a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

The legislation also requires recess in elementary schools and tinkers with the state's oft-criticized standardized testing system. It also includes $30 million extra for a program that provides services to disabled children.

The bill also includes more than $200 million for teacher and principal bonuses.

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