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Rick Scott suggests vouchers for all



Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott told a cheering crowd of 900 voucher students today that he wants to continue expanding the program that allows them to attend private school at public expense and suggested that option should be available to all students.

Currently, private-school vouchers in Florida are limited to low-income students and those with disabilities.

“We have a great opportunity this spring, in this (legislative) session, to make sure we pass an education bill that is 100 percent for the benefit of the kids, and give every child in the state every opportunity that you’ve had, to make sure that you go to whatever school you want to,” Scott said at the Suncoast Cathedral, at an event to recognize corporations who have supported tax-credit vouchers.

“We have a choice to expand the scholarship program,” Scott continued. “It’s my commitment. We should have a very conservative Legislature that will support it.”

Scott spoke for about 10 minutes, and did not offer details on any policy proposals. But he reiterated support for eliminating teacher tenure, measuring teacher effectiveness and paying teachers for performance. He left without taking questions from reporters.

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[Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:26pm]


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