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Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student

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Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever.

Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Scott had slashed education spending in the first place.

"I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida's per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history," Scott said in a statement. "We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise. Because we were able to get Florida's economy back on track, revenues are now projected to stay at a strong enough rate to support historic investments in education."

Scott's plan would have the state spend $7,176 per student on education. That's up $232 from the state is spending this year, and up $50 from 2007-08, the most the state had ever paid per student. Incidentally that was under the Crist administration.

Crist, meanwhile, spent three days last week traveling the state in a yellow school bus (during which time the bus managed to get rear ended, and opponents called his use of the bus illegal). He highlighted the $1.3 billion in cuts Scott had made in education, which might explain how he has room to raise spending so drastically in the first place.

Crist however didn't announce a concrete number of how much he'd increase spending, and it appears Scott took the opportunity to undercut his message. We wouldn't be all that surprised if Crist responds with a promise to raise per student spending by $233 Price is Right-style at the rate this is going.

Of course, to enact the changes and introduce them in the next legislative session, Scott would have to win reelection in November.

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Gabriel A. Valenzuela

I have a question for you Charlie Chris sheeples? WTF has Charlie done for FL? How bad was it when he left? Obviously it is in better shape now then when Charlie left it. So keep drinking your kool-aid you ignorant fucktards.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Only the delusional continue to defend the ineptitude of Rick Scott.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................this is GOOD NEWS ? ..............in NY STATE the per pupil average is $19,700 ! ...............in NYC alone $26 BILLION dollars is annually spent on education !...........how is it a $562,ooo,ooo baseball stadium can be built and no as in ZERO DOLLARs in rent was collected on a basketball arena and all that talk about a soccer stadium - YET the schools in MIAMI-DADE suck ? ! ?


.............and anyway i though JEB ! was the 'education" governor and set this state straight - what happened ?


.............well keeping the local-yokels stupid maybe its best so the corruption and fraud and scams and traffic and waste of resources continue to go unnoticed !

Janet Forte
Janet Forte

Please vote! Let's get that scumbag out of the governors office stat! He's done enough damage.

JC Hernandez
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DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Politifact Florida has said Scott's claim of having the state's highest education budget this year is half true, depending on how you look at the numbers. During his tenure, Scott has proposed massive cuts to education funding, and then later restored some of the $1.3 billion he cut. He pushed for and got money for teacher raises in the fiscal 2014 budget, but did not make a similar press in the current budget.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Proofread.

You have this headline: "Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student"

Then the actual article:

"Scott's plan would have the state spend $7,176 per student on education."

Corrected: "Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending by $232 Per Student"

You're welcome.  Also you're missing a word in the following sentence.  You can go ahead and guess where: " That's up $232 from the state is spending this year"

OrlandoChris
OrlandoChris

I am very pleased that Adrian Wyllie will be a part of the debate. Floridians deserve to hear from all the candidates to be well informed. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these 'paid for' career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it's just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children's) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today....

cybereyes
cybereyes

I hope all your FUCKTARD illegal relatives get fucked by Scott when he gets re-elected. Check out what he is really all about. NOT for the people but for the rich you ignorant SPIK

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