Published: Mar 07, 2012 6:55 PM EST

A bill that would cut funding for Florida schools scoring below the state average on certain end-of-course tests is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.
    
That's just one provision in the wide-ranging education bill (HB 870), but it drew the most discussion Wednesday in the Senate before the measure passed 40-0.
    
It applies to tests in algebra I and biology I. It would not go into effect for another three years.
    
Some senators were worried schools will be punished despite making good faith efforts to bring their test scores up.
    
Sen. Don Gaetz, a Niceville Republican who is in line to become Senate president in November, promised to take steps to help those schools.
    
The bill also calls for more advanced courses and early high school graduation.

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