Florida Gov. Scott’s Ed Priorities: Keep Funding Steady, Expand Charters

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott wants to hold public school funding steady next year, expand charter schools, put a hold on new testing requirements for students and promises no "war on teachers."

The Republican governor has crafted a set of education proposals to send to the Legislature in the spring with the goal of better preparing students for college and jobs. His plan comes as he nears the midway point of his first term and Florida moves toward a post-FCAT model of measuring student achievement. "Every year we make a bunch of changes. You can’t do that," Scott said Monday. "The system is tired of change, just constant change."

The Herald/Times obtained a draft of a five-page summary of Scott’s ideas, entitled "College and Careers 1st." Scott’s proposals will be made public Thursday at an education forum in Fort Myers.

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