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Hundreds of teachers and school staff members made sure Governor Rick Scott knew they oppose an education bill awaiting his signature. They demonstrated outside Beach Boulevard’s Angie’s Subs in Jacksonville Beach where Scott was stopping Tuesday during what he called a statewide victory tour after reaching budget deals with the Legislature.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

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Gregory Adkins, superintendent of The School District of Lee County, held a press conference backed by about 50 district employees.

"We demand Governor Rick Scott veto House Bill 7069," he said, standing at a lectern. 

Adkins was referring to contentious legislation that concerns K-12 education in the state. Last month, the district sent a letter to the governor, asking that HB 7069 be vetoed. 

With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Florida, Jewish day schools are stepping up security with the promise of new funding from the state.

Gov. Rick Scott visited Brauser Maimonides Academy in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to highlight the measure. It’s one of 35 private Jewish schools in the state that will share the $650,000 grant in this year’s budget.

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