Rick Scott Signs Bill to Benefit Special Needs Students

Rick Scott has signed a bill that will give parents of special needs students more say in their education.

The law will take effect on Monday.

This means that, come Monday, parents will have a greater say in how their special needs children's school curriculum is shaped.

The law will also ensure that students with disabilities will have access to resources that will best serve their needs.

The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Andy Gardiner of Orlando.

The bill had been questioned by some advocacy groups, who claimed that teachers and schools personnel should have the final word in determining a student's educational goals and needs.

"This usurps the power of the schools at the most basic level," said Kathleen Oropeza, of the Orlando-based parent group, Fund Education Now. "Can you imagine a class of 15 [special-education] kids with 15 hired consultants in the classroom?"

The bill had gained the support of Foundation for Florida's Future, the non-profit education group established by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

A House education panel also unanimously supported the measure.

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