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Rick Scott sounds like a shill for the teachers union, education group argues



Isn't it just the way things go?

First, Florida Gov. Rick Scott comes out in favor of putting more money into public education.

Quickly, he gets bashed by the teachers union, which says he's not proposing enough. Then, he gets bashed by a Michigan-based anti-union group for sounding too much like a shill. The Education Action Group writes of Scott's proposal to add $1 billion back into schools: 

"Scott deserves credit for getting ... reforms across the finish line, but he seems to have lost his nerve for bold action in the current fight over school funding. Instead of explaining to taxpayers how Florida’s public school budgets are being overrun by special interest labor unions, Scott is sounding like a spokesman for the Florida Education Association, telling lawmakers he will “not sign a budget … that does not significantly increase state funding for education.”...

"Scott is buying into (and selling) the faulty premise that Florida’s public schools are being underfunded by taxpayers. Instead, the governor’s focus should be on how school employee unions divert millions of dollars away from classrooms and into expensive, goodie-filled labor contracts that benefit adult employees at the expense of students."

What is it they say about people who make both sides angry?

[Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 11:32am]


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