Fla. Gov. to sign sweeping education bill

Florida Education
Posted at 7:52 AM, Apr 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-22 04:07:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing a sweeping education bill that rolls back graduation standards adopted just three years ago.

Scott is scheduled on Monday to sign the comprehensive bill which would also let the University of Florida take the lead in online education in the state. The state's most prestigious university would gain the right to offer bachelor degrees completely online.

Three years ago legislators raised the state's graduation requirements, adding tougher courses in math such as Algebra II and science courses such as chemistry and physics.

But the new bill would remove those requirements and instead students would be allowed to take career education courses. College-bound students could opt to take tougher courses and earn a high school diploma that includes a "scholar" designation.