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Crist: SB 6 supporters got 'ideologically greedy'



[Scott Keeler | Times]

In his most extensive remarks to date on his veto of SB 6, Gov. Charlie Crist told students in his home town of St. Petersburg that the bill got weighed down by ideology.

"I think it started out relatively well," Crist told about 200 students, teachers and others in the auditorium of St. Petersburg High, his alma mater. "And as we went along the way, people might have gotten a little bit ideologically greedy. And started putting things in this bill that were not needed or necessary."

Crist also said he could not ignore the howls of protest from teachers, or the evidence of strides that Florida has made in education in recent years.

“We’ve made such great gains in education in the past few years, I was starting to wonder what was broken that we were trying to fix. That problem went through my mind, as I was thinking about whether to veto the bill," he said. “So obviously something’s working very, very well and we’re making great gains and we’re doing so much better. When this thing started becoming more punishing than praising, I wondered what kind of impact is that going to have on 180,000 teachers."

After his remarks, Crist told the Gradebook he hasn't made up his mind about either SB 4 or the voucher bill.

“I haven’t decided," he said of the latter. "I want to take a closer look at it. See if it’s been amended or changed or all that kind of stuff that happens in the process and then evaluate it.”

So both bills are up in the air?

"Everything's up in the air," he said, laughing, as he got into his SUV.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:59am]


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