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Superintendents tell Gov. Rick Scott that school districts need more money

Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week promoting his “historic” proposal to boost education spending.

In a meeting Tuesday with Scott, about 30 school superintendents did all the talking.

In a polite, yet direct way, the school district leaders said they would still be unable to pay for maintenance, new school buses, security upgrades and the technology needed to administer computer-based tests.

Some asked for the authority to hike property taxes to bring in extra revenue.

The budget wasn’t their only concern. Saying the state was hurtling toward a “potential debacle,” the superintendents implored Scott to slow down the transition to new education standards and standardized tests.

“We want to get this right the first time, not the second or third time,” Pinellas County Superintendent Mike Grego said.

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Ed Jenkins

The taxpayers are tired of these employees encouraging our governor to confiscate more money when they were able to get by on a lesser amount in prior years and much lower amounts decades ago. Please remove all unnecessary employees from these schools and their administration so that no further taxpayer money is wasted.

Bill Thompson

Scott and the legislature needs to fully fund the needs of our state school districts. If Florida wants to compete and draw companies to our state that will bring the high paying jobs that are desired, the state needs to have a well-educated workforce. That starts with a strong education system, including the state universities. If we do not fund our educational system, we will continue to see the brain drain going out of state and never to return.

Dave

The idea that we are spending more now is absurd. Per student (which is the only valid way to measure in my opinion) we are still under what Florida, one of the lowest spending states in the nation, was spending in 2007. This is not progress. I guarantee that all the folks against this are doing quite a bit better than they were in 2007. Those who aren't are too busy in their low wage jobs to be writing in on the computer.

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