Gov. Scott Signs Bills Affecting Teachers Union, Bright Futures

TALLAHASSEE – Bullied students could get money to transfer to private schools, and the state’s popular Bright Futures scholarships for college students will become even more valuable, under legislation signed into law Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott.

The Republican governor approved two separate bills that were priorities of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron. The move came just hours before the 2018 session was set to adjourn.

Corcoran called it a “great day for education in Florida.”

Corcoran’s proposed Hope Scholarships (HB 7055) would be financed by as much as $40 million-a-year steered into the program by motorists who designate up to $105 that otherwise they’d pay in sales taxes on vehicle purchases.

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