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More thoughts on Rick Scott's education budget



Florida Gov. Rick Scott already has come under fire for proposing to slash public education funding just days after saying he wouldn't do such a thing. 

What's interesting is that even his explanation doesn't seem to hold up. Scott told reporters that he had spoken only about not cutting general revenue. "We're not cutting that," he said. "Any money that they relied on federal bailouts, that is different." 

Really? The governor's own budget summary (see below) shows that he would reduce total funding for schools by $1.75 billion, with the amount from non-renewed federal stimulus money comprising just under $873 million of that total. The other $878 million? The governor's office identifies that as coming from "state and local" sources.

School and parent groups have begun protesting already. Fund Education Now, an Orlando-based organization started by active moms, has launched a petition urging lawmakers not to adopt Scott's "catastrophic" budget. Anyone think the governor will go along with House member requests for him to try again?

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 10:04am]


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