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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Rick Scott is putting the final touches on education proposals he plans to unveil on Thursday at an education conference. The plans include debit cards for public school teachers and more school choice, according to the News Service of Florida.

Scott said some of the planning for the new proposals came after he went on a listening tour of state teachers over the summer. He cited teachers having to pay for school supplies with their own money as one of the most often repeated problems from teachers.

Scott said he’ll propose a new program to give debit cards to public school teachers for supplies with part of the money coming from private donations, according to the NSF. Scott didn’t say how much money would be available for the program, but said he hoped companies will donate money.

In addition, Scott said he will push to lift the limit on enrollment at charter schools statewide to help create more options for parents, according to the NSF. He will also ask for $2 million in ongoing professional training for teachers in the budget.

Finally, Scott said he’ll ask state educators to no make any testing changes between now and when the state fully switches to national common core standards, according to the NSF.

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