Teachers union urges vetoes of K-12 schools budget, policy bill

Not even an hour after the Legislature wrapped up its work for 2017, the state’s largest teachers union called on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to veto both the K-12 public schools budget and a mammoth $419 million policy billthat was cobbled together in private in the last days of session and narrowly approved Monday.

“HB 7069 was cooked up behind closed doors to tie popular changes like more recess and minor relief on testing to reducing local school district authority, yet another sketchy teacher bonus scheme, and more financial breaks for charter schools,” Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, said in a statement.

“Where’s the government transparency that the leadership promised this session? Floridians expect a fair process, not backroom deal-making,” she said.

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