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Pasco high schools need not print Gov. Scott's letter to seniors, district says



With the first quarter of the school year past, Gov. Rick Scott recently wrote a letter to all high school seniors encouraging them to work toward a brighter future right here in Florida.

He's done his part to make the road to career or college easier, Scott wrote, by working to keep college costs low. He also pointed out the growth in jobs throughout the state. Both, of course, were key points of his recent reelection campaign.

"It is my hope that as you complete your senior year, you will put your talents and skills to work right here in the Sunshine State. I believe as we make Florida colleges and universities more affordable, and as we continue to help businesses create jobs, we will help future generations of Floridians have even more opportunities in our state."

Scott hasn't actually sent the letter to students, though. He's sent it to school districts and asked them to print and distribute the thousands of copies. And that's not going over so well.

Pasco district officials sent a note to principals suggesting they not print and hand out copies to the nearly 4,000 seniors throughout the county.

"Our resources are too scarce," communications director Linda Cobbe wrote to the school leaders.

She recommended posting the letter on school websites, sharing it on social media or placing it in an already planned school newsletter. So far, some have, some haven't.

Want to see the governor's letter? Here it is. Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Monday, November 9, 2015 11:15am]


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