Scott wants to reduce Florida school regulations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott is shifting his focus on cutting state regulation to Florida's schools.

Scott said Tuesday that he'll appoint a panel of five local school superintendents to suggest ways for freeing teachers from red tape so they can spend more time with their students.

The governor said it's the result of his recent travels across the state on an education "listening tour." He said he heard many suggestions from teachers and administrators for reducing unnecessary requirements and regulations.

The former hospital chain executive set out to cut regulation of private businesses when he took office last year in hopes that would encourage them to expand and create jobs.

Scott said his new initiative is aimed at removing similar hurdles preventing schools from preparing students for college or employment.

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