Scott proposes $1 million summer STEM for teachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott on Monday said he will ask lawmakers in 2016 for $1 million to establish a paid summer-residency program for teachers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Scott, who announced the proposal at the Juno Beach-headquarters of Florida Power & Light Co., hopes the program will bring "new industry trends back to Florida's K-12 classrooms," according to a press release from the governor's office.

"We want Florida to be first for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal," Scott said in the release.

According to the governor's office, 44 companies in Florida have already agreed to participate in the program, including: Duke Energy, Embraer, FPL, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, Gulf Power, and Lockheed Martin. 

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