Gov. DeSantis announces $106 million initiative to boost Florida civics education

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis visited an Orange County charter school on Tuesday to announce a plan to put $106 million to bolster civics and debate education in Florida.

DeSantis said the increased funding to the Florida civics and debate initiative will help students better understand government and the way it works.

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“Of all the things you’re doing, civics is something you can take with you for the rest of your life,” DeSantis said during his visit to BridgePrep Academy of Orange.

DeSantis said $65 million will go toward developing the Florida Civic Seal of Excellence, which teachers can seek training to receive.

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He said those who receive the seal will qualify for $3,000 bonuses.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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