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Meek: Crist should veto bad budget for education

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, is urging Gov. Charlie Crist to veto the state budget and, in the statement below (reported a few hours ago by the Death, Taxes and Politics blog) seeks (desperately?) to remind folks of who Crist was before SB 6.

One bit of context: Just a few weeks ago, it was widely assumed that many Florida teachers would support Meek, the Miami Democrat who spearheaded the class-size amendment, for U.S. Senate. But after his veto of SB 6, Crist, for years a polite but loyal follower of Jeb's education vision, is suddenly, maybe, the teachers candidate.

A second bit of context: The latest Rasmussen poll has Crist at 38 percent, Rubio at 34 percent and Meek at 17 percent.

Here's the statement: Over the past several months, Governor Crist has been so busy promoting his political ambition, he failed to do his job leading our state. Once again, the Republican legislature has passed a budget that short-changes Florida’s students, teachers and families. During his term, the governor has cut funding for Florida’s public schools, slowed efforts to reduce overcrowding by working to gut the class-size amendment, and signed budgets that laid off teachers and hurt Florida’s students.

If Governor Crist signs the budget passed last week into law, his legacy will be that of a politician who slashed education and cut the educational opportunities for Florida’s students. While the governor will never repair the damage he has done to Florida’s schools, he needs to finally do what is right by standing up for Florida’s children and teachers by vetoing this budget.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00am]


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