Governor Scott Calls for Educational Choice and Opportunity for Every Child

Governor Scott Calls for Educational Choice and Opportunity for Every Child

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session yesterday with a State of the State address that focused on Florida as a place of opportunity.

In his address, Governor Scott asked Senate and House leaders to imagine a state where the education system could “provide choices and opportunities to every kid regardless of income or zip code.”

"Together, let’s picture a Florida where instead of an old, closed education system, we have a new and open system where we provide choices and opportunities to every kid regardless of income or zip code."
Florida Governor Rick Scott

Florida has a sixteen-year track record of adopting student-centered policies that strengthen school performance, empower families with school and course choice and personalize learning. 

While Florida has seen significant improvements in student academic gains,there is still more to be done to achieve an environment where all children can realize their full potential.

As the 60-day legislative session gets underway, Florida leaders can fulfill the promise of educational choice and opportunity for every child by:

  • Giving teachers more time to teach and ensuring parents and teachers have access to actionable, easy-to-understand information to help their students.
  • Expanding scholarship opportunities for students with special needs and removing barriers that prevent students from participating in virtual instruction.
  • Ensuring Voluntary Pre-K through Grade 3 educators have up-to-date, research-based training on how to teach students to read.
  • Strengthening resources for disadvantaged students through high-impact charter networks and partnerships that boost advanced course participation.

To learn more about student-centered legislation being considered this session, visit the Foundation for Florida's Future 2017 Legislative Priorities.

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