News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott signed three bills today to ensure Florida’s control over education. This legislative package, CS/HB 864, CS/CS/SB 188, and HB 7031, reaffirms Governor Scott’s commitment to local control of our classrooms and a rejection of top-down, Washington, DC management of Florida schools.
“I stood with Florida teachers, parents and students to leave the Common Core based PARCC testing system last September. The legislation I am signing today will set Florida students and families up for education success and prevent unnecessary collection of data from our students and reaffirm that Florida school boards will select the textbooks with historic opportunities for public input.
“We will continue to have the highest standards for Florida students because we know our students can compete with the best in the world and succeed.”
Florida’s teachers earned the top score for teacher quality in the U.S. for two years in a row. Florida’s students lead all other mega-states in achievement gains in 4th and 8th grade reading and math. Florida’s Hispanic students lead the nation in high school graduation rates and Florida was the only state in the nation to narrow the achievement gap between white and African American students at both grades 4 and 8 in both reading in math.