"Properly fund our schools"
Florida Education Association president Andy Ford wasted no time in responding to the passage of Amendment 1, which he fought to defeat. Even before all the votes were counted, Ford issued a statement congratulating Gov. Crist on his victory and urging him to hold education financially harmless from the new tax cuts, as Crist and others promised before and during the campaign.
Here's what Ford had to say:
Tonight the voters of Florida have indicated that they are strapped financially and that they need immediate relief … even at the cost of funding our schools and other vital services. I congratulate the governor on his victory tonight and hope that he recognizes the message that voters are sending about the state of Florida's economy. Additionally, there are now significant revenue challenges that lie ahead as a result of the passage of Amendment 1.
While we have agreed to disagree about this amendment, I'm hopeful that we can now work with Governor Crist to find the necessary resources to properly fund our public schools. It's vitally important that we join together in making sure that Florida provides the resources necessary to make the required investments in our state’s most important asset … the students in our public schools.