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Gov. Rick Scott drops hints about his education budget



Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal about his budget plans, in which he spoke about his intention to keep education funding stable even while proposing to cut property taxes. Our colleagues at the Buzz transcribed the video. We share the part about education with you here:

"What I’m doing is ... I'm taking the savings out of the state dollars not out of the school system ... so it leaves the funding for education the way it was," Scott said. "I also believe that funding for education is part of the success for education. The other part is who’s doing it best. We know in business that when you focus on effectiveness you can have much better outcomes ... It’s not just throwing more dollars. ... What I want to do with teachers is measure the most effective teachers. ... Then you ought to get paid better."

The focus is clear on making performance pay and new contract terms part of the landscape for teachers. Michelle Rhee, Scott's informal education adviser, will be talking about the subjects to Florida lawmakers next week. Teacher groups have sounded less apprehensive about the issues this year because lawmakers seem willing to listen to them, too.

At least for now. Stay tuned to see how this all plays out. 

[Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:22am]


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