Gov. Rick Scott proposes putting $1 billion back into education
Last year, Gov. Rick Scott called for cutting public education funding by 10 percent, and signed a budget slashing school revenue by about 8 percent. On Wednesday, he pitched a budget that would put $1 billion back into the system. (See his proposal here.)
“I’m not signing a budget that does not significantly increase state funding for education,” the Orlando Sentinel reports Scott as saying in his press conference.
Former governor Jeb Bush put out a tweet saying Scott "continues to make education a priority."
Others were less impressed. FEA president Andy Ford sent out a statement calling Scott's proposal "empty."
"If his budget proposal is enacted, spending will still stand nearly $800 per student less than our state’s commitment to education five years ago, the unfunded mandates are still in place, pre-K remains woefully underfunded and the brain drain at our public colleges and universities continues as universities in other states continue to gobble up our professors," he said. "Meanwhile, Florida continues to languish at the bottom of the national rankings for funding for public education."
Of course, the governor's budget is simply a recommendation. As lawmakers reminded us annually, the governor proposes and the Legislature disposes. Stay tuned.