TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida charter schools would be eligible for money the governor controls for regional projects designed to create jobs, under a bill backed by a Senate committee Tuesday.

The Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously supported a proposal (SB 130) by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, that would allow charter schools offering career and technical education “graduation pathway” programs to get money from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund.

Sen. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, while voting for the bill, expressed concern that state money appears to “go more to charter than our public schools and programs that we already have.”

Hutson said other public schools that also offer the career and technical programs are eligible for the money.

The fund was created in 2017

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