Gov. Crist: Spend $3.4-mil to improve civics
It'll be a few hours until his press conference to outline in more detail the proposed 2008-09 budget he released earlier this month, but Gov. Charlie Crist started touting one priority first thing this morning.
While unveiling a partnership between governmental institutes at UCF and UF that aims to strengthen civic education in Florida, Crist stressed that he wants lawmakers to include $3.4 million that would "strengthen civic education through professional development opportunities for current and prospective teachers and grants to encourage innovative approaches to civics education."
Former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham and former Congressman Lou Frey were with Crist at this morning's event, which announced the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at UCF and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at UF will work together to establish the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.
“Educated and informed voters are the foundation of our nation’s democratic process," Crist said, fresh off a victorious primary Tuesday in which his Amendment 1 push and McCain endorsement proved a win-win. “Through sound civics education, we can ensure that Florida’s future leaders have the knowledge and skills to make their voices heard in the political process.”