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Rick Scott keeps education high on his agenda



Florida Gov. Rick Scott is planning to issue his 2012 legislative proposals this week, and education remains one of his key areas for change.

"The proposals you will see reflect my three most important jobs as Governor — getting our residents back to work by growing quality jobs in the private sector; keeping the cost of living low for all Floridians; and building a world-class education system through continued improvements in our K-12 and higher education institutions," Scott said in a statement this morning. (You can watch it here.) "These ideas are based on the countless stories I have received from Floridians who have contacted my office… and from the personal conversations I’ve had while traveling the state over the past year."

The details aren't out yet. But several lawmakers have already made clear they expect Scott to seek accountability and contract changes in higher education. They've already begun pushing back against his comments that Florida should move toward Texas-style reforms.

Some predict he'll push for wider school choice options, possibly including more voucher-like programs, as well. Talk of education savings accounts for all, and expanded corporate tax credit scholarships, is swirling during committee weeks.

Scott said he welcomed hearing from Floridians about the session via his email, Will you take him up on it?

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:29am]


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