Education

School officials and teachers unions across the state have expressed outrage over a comprehensive education bill passed by the Florida legislature, and are calling for a veto from Gov. Rick Scott. Their objections stem -- in part -- from a requirement that public schools share local taxpayer revenue with charter schools for capital projects.

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Weeks after lawmakers wrapped up their work in Tallahassee, Gov. Rick Scott is calling them back to the capital for a special session. On Gulf Coast Live, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo joins the show to discuss what she's focusing on for Southwest Florida when it comes to the state budget and the special session.

Governor Rick Scott says he will veto the legislature’s education funding proposal, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board in a special session next week. Scott says he and legislative leaders have agreed to spend another $200 million for education, and put more money into the state’s tourism and job recruitment agencies.

Among the $410 million worth of projects struck from the new state budget by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen are a number of items with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday in Miami that he will sign the state budget approved by the Legislature this year — and call a special session next week to increase spending for schools and economic development.

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