Student performers, scientists and mathematicians at Carwise Middle School gave Gov. Rick Scott a firsthand look at how an additional $1 billion in education funding could help them achieve their dreams.
Carwise was the last stop on Scott's daylong tour of three Florida schools, which doubled as a celebration of the Florida Legislature's recent decision to answer his call for the funding.
"Every family has their dream, their version of what they want for their family, but it always comes down to an education for their child," Scott said. "Everybody wants a job, they want to be able to build their families and everybody wants the cost of living as low as possible."
The governor said the visit was a continuation of visits in which he listened to parents, teachers and students who prompted him to push lawmakers to approve injecting the additional K-12 education dollars into the 2012-13 budget.
As early as this week, Scott is expected to sign the final state budget, which would steer an additional $47.3 million toward enhanced reading programs, $405 million toward per-student funding and $663 million to plug budget gaps and pay for new students expected to enroll next school year.