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Legislative leaders are touting this year’s $101 increase in K-12 per student funding as “unprecedented.” But education officials say that billing is misleading.

A key Florida Senate committee has stripped language from an omnibus education bill that threatened the survival of the state’s teachers unions. Critics of the plan say it’s unfair that only teachers were targeted.

House Democrats are crying foul over a massive education bill they say would further erode the state’s public school system. 

Two more school districts have joined a lawsuit that challenges parts of a controversial state education law.


Gregory Adkins, superintendent of The School District of Lee County, held a press conference backed by about 50 district employees.

"We demand Governor Rick Scott veto House Bill 7069," he said, standing at a lectern. 

Adkins was referring to contentious legislation that concerns K-12 education in the state. Last month, the district sent a letter to the governor, asking that HB 7069 be vetoed. 

Governor Rick Scott says he will veto the legislature’s education funding proposal, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board in a special session next week. Scott says he and legislative leaders have agreed to spend another $200 million for education, and put more money into the state’s tourism and job recruitment agencies.

Debby Dawson, who lives in southwest Florida, has a simple message to Gov. Rick Scott: The state's existing scholarship program for disabled children is "life changing" and has helped her 7-year-old autistic son "develop by leaps and bounds."