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Gov. Rick Scott to ask for $1.25 billion more in education funding



From the Buzz:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he will ask the Legislature to increase funding for public schools by $1.2 billion next year, or the equivalent of about $400 more per student.

A third of that amount would fund a $2,500 pay raise for teachers, and another $300 million would be a contribution to the state pension fund to reduce its unfunded liability. A total of $118 million would pay for normal growth in student enrollment.

Speaking to the annual AP news forum in Tallahassee, Scott presented a case that Florida's economy has steadily improved under his direction and that now is the time to "strategically invest" in public education. 

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[Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:17am]


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