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Education proposals have Gov. Rick Scott stuck between a rock and Republicans

Gov. Rick Scott is in a tight spot with teachers.

To score points with rank-and-file educators, Scott has made $2,500 pay raises for classroom teachers a top budget priority.

But to stay in their good graces — and possibly win their votes in 2014 — Scott will need to bat down a number of education proposals moving through the Florida Legislature, including the hot-button “parent trigger” bill and a pitch to increase facilities funding for charter schools.

There’s just one problem. Opposing those bills will land Scott in the doghouse with Republicans and put him at odds with former Gov. Jeb Bush, whose nonprofit foundation has driven Florida’s education agenda for more than a decade.

What’s a governor with sagging poll numbers to do?

“He can’t do everything the teachers’ union wants or he would lose support among Republicans,” said Brian Peterson, a Florida International University professor and editor of The Miami Education Review, an online newsletter. “But he is going to have to take a more moderate stance on education issues.”

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REC

I'm voting for Charlie Crist over Rick Scott.

Crist gave us Jim Greer and a Wrecked Economy

If it's Crist vs. a dog turd, I'd vote for the dog turd.

Crist is better than Rick Scott

The economy has nothing to do with Crist. Crist also came out clean from the Jim Greer case. Jim Greer clearly acted alone.

More importantly who cares about Jim Greer now? Do the RECs care about the state of the party now as they did before?

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