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Gov. Rick Scott signs five education bills into Florida law



On the final day for action, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed five bills related to education into law.

The most far-reaching measure was an education omnibus that pulled several pieces of legislation into one that district officials are still trying to pull apart. At 160 pages, HB 7029 addresses school choice, charter schools, athletics eligibility and a host of other issues.

HB 7053 revises the laws relating to early education and school readiness.

HB 585 streamlines the rules for school districts to provide instruction to hospitalized and homebound students.

HB 287 creates a pilot program giving certain principals more autonomy in operating their public schools.

HB 7019 aims to make college and university tuition more affordable.

Read our story on the new laws for more details.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2016 3:03pm]


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