A new report from the left-leaning American Bridge takes Republican governors to task for cutting education funding.
It includes a section on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who slashed $1.3 billion from the education budget during his first year in office.
Scott has since restored most of that funding and unveiled a plan to boost per-student spending to a record high level in 2015. But he continues to feel the heat from Democratic opponent Charlie Crist and progressive groups.
The American Bridge report frames education spending as a political issue that could hurt Scott.
"From Rick Scott and Scott Walker to Sam Brownback, Tom Corbett and more, Republican governors are getting slammed for slashing funds for schools, dealing a blow to their respective reelection bids, while prospective governors like Doug Ducey have promised to do the same," the organization wrote in the introduction. "Locked in tight races, these Tea Party governors are floundering to explain their draconian cuts to concerned constituents by twisting numbers and distorting their records."
The report also includes passages from Florida newspaper editorials.