by Javier Manjarres
***El Sharko had a senior moment and confused Senator Jeremy Ring (D) with Representative Joseph Abruzzo (D). Sorry Senator, it happens.
Governor-elect Rick Scott is keeping his promise of reaching out to all of the members of the Florida Legislature, as he participated a series of meetings around the state with members of both houses of the legislature.In Fort Lauderdale, Governor Scott sat down with several Democrats and Republican lawmakers and discussed several pressing issues, one being education reform.
The controversial SB6 was at the top of the list of concerns. State Senator Jeremy Ring (D) House Representative Joseph Abruzzo (D) was the most vocal member at the meeting, and whose comments left many scratching their heads, as to what he meant. Governor-elect Scott sought clarity when he questioned this statement Senator Ring Representative Abruzzo made.
“If you were a reservist like myself, and you were a teacher and you were deployed, if you students didn’t perform at a certain standard when you came back from oversees, you lost your teaching license-you couldn’t get it back. If you are not even teaching you have substitute or someone else has your class, and you were deployed overseas, you would actually lose your teaching certificate.
If you’re pregnant, and you take leave, and your students don’t perform to these standards, you lose your teaching certificate.”- Representative Abruzzo
Representative Abruzzo was upset that these provisions were not in the initial bill, and would like to see them added if another bill comes up in next year’s session. State Representative Esteban Bovo (R) stated that the House of Representatives, and its supermajority, were going to take up a bill similar to SB6. ” We are going to address it“- Bovo
Governor-elect Scott went on to state that education reform was a vital issue that needs to be addressed, and that he wants to make it easier for parents to be able to choose their children’s educational path. This choice would include, the ability to decide which schools to send their childrens-Scott is a big proponent of Charter Schools. Scott also echoed what Representative Bovo said in that a similar bill like SB6 would be looked at and considered, as long as it followed what he campaigned on and it uses the best parts of the initial SB6 bill.