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Rick Scott talks education in Clearwater

GOP hopeful Rick Scott talked education with a teacher in Clearwater during a stop to greet the diner crowd at Lenny’s.

Sean O’Flannery lamented Tallahassee’s control of schools and his support of the Senate Bill 6 effort designed to overhaul teacher tenure.

Scott agreed O’Flannery, saying he doesn’t statewide measures like the FCAT are adequate. Asked for his education plan, Scott told the teacher he would release one soon but cautioned what is going to work in Clearwater won’t work elsewhere.

"And also a school's color," Scott said. "If you're 70 percent African-American, you are going to deal with different issues."

The teacher agreed.

-- John Frank