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Dade schools officials: Support increased ed funding

In his State of the State speech Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott reaffirmed his call to add $1 billion to the state education budget.

"On this point, I just can’t budge," Scott told lawmakers.

The reaction in Miami-Dade?

At a town hall meeting in Miami, Miami-Dade school district CFO Richard Hinds likened the governor’s desire to boost education spending to the Conversion of Paul the Apostle. (Scott signed cuts to education spending last year.)

Quipped schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho: "It doesn’t spell out salvation."

Still, Carvalho urged people at the town hall meeting to support the education budget increase -- and to contact their lawmakers and use social media to advocate for students.

Laura Isensee reported from Miami.

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