Florida lawmakers have approved a massive education measure that could whittle down the power of teachers unions, allow bullied students to transfer to private or other private schools, and expands the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. Lynn Hatter spoke with Tom Flanigan about the measures path toward approval, and how it fits in the puzzle that is making a budget.
What the bill does:
- Requires teachers unions to get 50 percent of eligible teachers in a district to become paying members or face recertification.
- Establishes scholarships for bullied students to transfer to other public schools or receive a voucher to attend private schools.
- Allows the state's Gardiner scholarship program for students with disabilities to tap into sales tax revenue.