Florida Governor Rick Scott will now have his say on Republican-sponsored legislation setting up a merit pay plan for Florida teachers and ending tenure for new hires. The bill is one of the Republican governor’s top priorities. It’s the first bill the Legislature has sent Scott since he took office. Former Governor Charlie Crist, then a Republican who later became an independent, vetoed a similar bill 11 months ago after public outcry. The new version of the bill is similar to a $700 million federal Race to the Top education grant that includes a move to merit pay. Opponents say the bill will take away due process for teachers and their rights to collective bargaining.
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs announced his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals following the Trump administration's Tuesday announcement to end the program. “The DACA program and our 'Dreamers' add significantly to our university’s excellence in education, research and the economic impact the university has on our state," Fuchs said in a statement.