As pressure is mounting for Gov. Rick Scott to veto a sweeping education bill pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran that was sold to legislators as a take-it or leave-it budget deal last week, Corcoran will be honored at breakfast reception at Florida International University.
The breakfast event "thanking Speaker Richard Corcoran for his support this Session" will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Diaz Balart hall on the Maidique campus at FIU.
Corcoran, a Land O'Lakes Republican, has made it his top priority to pass the bill, HB 7069, which includes controversial incentives for charter schools, $234 million in bonuses for top teachers and principals, and a plan to force taxpayer-funded school districts to subsidize capital projects for for-profit charter school operators. The bill was negotiated in secret in the session's final days and, because it was a budget bill, it could not be amended, included provisions previously rejected by lawmakers, and was narrowly approved by the Senate.
Although Scott has remained silent about his intentions, Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvahlo joined with other superintendents and urged the governor to veto the measure and the $23.7 billion in base funding in the budget to K-12 public schools. He said the failure of the Legislature to fund public schools, while leaving $3 billion in reserves, was a "man-made crisis" "that challenges the values of the state of Florida."