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Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

"I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history," Scott said in a statement. "We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise. Because we were able to get Florida's economy back on track, revenues are now projected to stay at a strong enough rate to support historic investments in education."

The announcement may seem a little premature, considering the November election still stands between Scott and the 2015 legislative session. 

But it makes perfect sense in the context of the campaign.

Last week, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist traveled the state in a yellow school bus, reminding Floridians that Scott cut $1.3 billion from the state education budget during his first year in office in 2011.

Crist promised more money for public schools, but did not provide specific figures.

The Florida Democratic Party responded by calling Scott's announcement an election-year gimmick.

They pointed out that the record-high per-pupil spending level of $7,126 from 2007-08 equates to $8,191 in 2014 dollars.

"The truth is, Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion from Florida’s education system in his first year," FDP Chair Allison Tant said. "Every year since then, he has failed to bring school funding back up to where it was under Charlie Crist. This new proposal continues that four-year record of failure.

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ed jenkins

The citizens are disappointed in this scott who after initially being doubted as a political novice has won them over with his exemplary fiscal stewardship and now he decides to waste more money confiscated from them. The citizens do not believe that spending more of their money leads to improved outcomes for their children.

Pepe

What a fool hypocrite. Does any idiot believe that you can plead the 5th 75 times, cut school funding, not give a crap about health care for its citizens....cut school budgets and strip teachers of job security and THEN......JUST BEFORE an election Mr. Scott decides that education is important???? How many idiots exist in Florida??

Bill McCollum

Apparently quite a few!

Gary Schor

Pander bear or panda bear?

Bill Thompson

Just another desperate election year gimmick by the flip-flopping scumbag Scott, pretending to appear as a mainstream moderate in an attempt to fool voters.
The voters are not fooled into believing that this most horrible man is a supporter of public education nor a born again environmentalist.

The citizens are very aware that the scumbag Scott had very little to do with the economic recovery in Florida, because the recovery is due primarily to the feds and their printing press driving down interest rates.

Keith Stegath

Bill M., now play nice. What did your mother tell you about how to treat people who are severely lacking in the normal amount of grey matter?

By the way Bill M., if you keep retching every time you hear or see the word Scott (even if it's an ad for toilet paper), I know a guy running for Governor that could use your support prior to Nov. election.

Education Advocate

Rick Scott will do or say anything to get relected. The cuts he made to education were devasting. Now right before the election he becomes a champion for public education, give us a break.

If you care about the children of the state of Florida you will vote against Rick Scott, this man is bad for our state and our families.

Voice of reason

Keep fighting Keith!

Keith Stegath

Hey EduAd., I know that most of us have forgotten what it's like, but rather than voting against Scott, how about you regain that American spirit and vote for someone?

Unlike the Corporate Candidates, there's a guy running for governor whose genetics have not mutated and devolved from 30 years of political inbreeding.

You should check him out: www.fla-gov.org

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