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Gov. Rick Scott: All schools receiving state funds should meet same standards



UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott's spokeswoman Jackie Schutz sends us a statement to provide context to what the governor said earlier.

“Governor Scott is most concerned about improving Florida’s education system by supporting and increasing education funding where possible and improving results for students through accountability. Governor Scott will speak to Step Up for Students and those at the Tax Credit Scholarship reception tomorrow and he looks forward to discussing existing and any future accountability goals with them.”

ORIGINAL POST: Private schools that receive state dollars in the form of vouchers for low-income or disabled students should have to meet the same standards as charters and traditional public schools, Gov. Rick Scott said today.

“I believe anybody that gets state dollars ought to be under the same standards," Scott said during a news conference in his office this afternoon.

The line of questioning began with a reporter asking Scott for his opinion on charter schools and other types of non-traditional public schools. He reiterated his stance that Florida families should be about to choose with is right for them.

"I believe that we ought to have choice, and I believe that we ought to have accountability, and I believe parents out to have some options," Scott said. "I believe that competition works. I want to make sure that traditional public schools do well. I want charter schools to do well. I just want our kids to get a great education.”

Most students attending traditional public schools and charters take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and will eventually be expected to meet the new common core standards. But Scott said that should apply to all students if the state is paying for their education, even at private schools.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:57pm]


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