Protesters greet Gov. Scott in Jacksonville Beach over controversial education bill

Critics say HB 7069 will shift funding from public schools to charter schools.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott was met with more than a hundred protesters Tuesday night who were denouncing the controversial education bill, House Bill 7069.

Scott made a stop at Angie's Subs in Jacksonville Beach as part of his victory tour over his budget. In addition to his supporters, Scott was met with protesters who are hoping he'll refuse to sign HB 7069, which was sent to his desk Monday night.

What makes the nearly 300-page bill controversial is how it pits public schools against charter schools. Critics believe it would take away money from poor public schools to fund charter schools, which could impact staffing and resources.

The bill would also require recess for elementary school students and adjust the state's standardized testing system. Florida Politics reports that Scott is expected to sign the bill in Orlando Thursday.

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