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Back and forth on Crist's proposed education budget



Aren't dueling press releases fun?

Here's what House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands, D-Weston, had to say in this press release yesterday about Gov. Crist's proposed education budget: "I am encouraged today by Governor Charlie Crist's decision to break from Republican legislative leaders and to talk about providing more money for education in Florida. It is evident that Governor Crist and the people of Florida owe a great deal of thanks to President Barack Obama and members of Congress for providing Florida with economic stimulus dollars that are helping our state meet critical needs."

In a quick retort, Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said in this press release that Sands should quit his "partisan sniping": "House Republicans have always placed the highest priority on funding Florida's schools, even during challenging economic times. Under Republican leadership in the Legislature, per-student funding has increased 43%, or over $2062 per-student, over the past 10 years ... But Republicans know that education funding only tells part of the story. We've raised standards, demanded accountability and offered innovative opportunities - and Florida's students are doing better than ever in the classroom."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:48am]


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