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Gov. Rick Scott to meet with union leaders, reaches out to students



Our colleagues at the Buzz report that Gov. Rick Scott will cap off his week of listening to people talk about education by having dinner with teachers union leaders tonight at the Governor's Mansion.

The Buzz reports that the invited guests are FEA president Andy Ford, treasurer Clara Cook, and minority affairs director George Williams (the lead plaintiff in the union's lawsuit against the state for reducing worker pay three percent to pay to offset the state's contribution to the pension fund), and Mark Castellano of the Lee County teacher's association, Duval Teachers United president Terry Brady and Okaloosa County Education Association president Karen Peek.

Sticking with his theme, the governor also is reaching out to students with a letter urging them to think hard about what their education means in a world of constantly shifting job demands, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Politifact Florida reports that the governor so far has attempted to take credit for education advances put in place by others. Time will tell if he means to act on all that he's heard and said during his week paying attention to the issue, or whether it was all done for show (as many cynics have suggested).

[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 4:12pm]


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