Gov. Rick Scott signed his first bill for the second time Friday. Senate Bill 736 will require future changes in teacher pay to be based on student performance.
Scott declined to take questions from reporters afterward. An aide told reporters before his bill-signing press conference that he would answer three or four questions, which had to be on-topic. When the governor left without taking questions, his aide said there wasn’t enough time.
Scott’s speech was short and sweet: He thanked lawmakers for bringing him a bill he said would improve the quality of the state’s eduction system, and added that the next step would be an expansion of charter schools. Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, thanked him for signing what he called the biggest step forward Florida’s edcuation system has taken in decades.
“Good start, governor!” Gaetz said as Scott signed the bill.
Today’s event was a ceremonial signing after Scott first signed the bill in Jacksonville on Thursday.