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Gov. Rick Scott: Not enough votes for special session on education funding



Gov. Rick Scott, visiting with Orlando Sentinel reporters, said today he hasn't given up on the idea of funneling some of the money from vetoed projects back into public education during a special session.

He just doesn't have the support to get it done, he told the paper. 

"I've not been given any suggestion that I would have the votes to get that done," Scott said.

Calling state lawmakers back to Tallahassee for a special session costs money, so it doesn’t make sense to do it, if you’re not convinced that things will happen, he said.

During his hour-long interview, Scott also said he wished "there was more money for education" and spoke favorably of the reform laws he pushed (expansion of charter schools and of ways for students to transfer out of struggling public schools).

During the legislative session, Scott pushed for major reductions in public education funding that got pushback from many lawmakers, even Republicans. Many of his ideas ultimately won approval regardless, as the education budget shrunk by millions. Then as he vetoed portions of the state budget, Scott called for putting more money into the schools, winning much criticism from lawmakers who said Scott seemed to care about education too late. 


[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:30pm]


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