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FEA: Crist's word on taxes isn't it enough.

School union president Andy Ford just finished a press conference where he said FEA would not support the new tax cut package but hasn't decided whether to actively oppose it.

Ford said the union is taking to other unions, considering a lawsuit and is conducting "strategic polling" as it decides its next course of action.

He noted state leaders said they'd pass a tax cut package that would hold schools harmless and "we held them at their word." Yet this package cuts between $1 billion to $3 bllion over five years.

Gov. Charlie Crist's pldege to try to protect schools from cuts isn't enough. "I need something in my hand," Ford said. "A verbal commitment isn't enough. We need to make sure that public schools are treated and funded the way that this state can afford to do."


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