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Superintendents: We need more state money for repairs, tech upgrades

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February

Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week promoting his “historic” proposal to boost education spending.

In a meeting Tuesday with Scott, about 30 school superintendents did all the talking.

In a polite, yet direct way, the school district leaders said they would still be unable to pay for maintenance, new school buses, security upgrades and the technology needed to administer computer-based tests.

Some asked for the authority to hike property taxes to bring in extra revenue.

The budget wasn’t their only concern. Saying the state was hurtling toward a “potential debacle,” the superintendents implored Scott to slow down the transition to new education standards and standardized tests.

“We want to get this right the first time, not the second or third time,” Pinellas County Superintendent Mike Grego said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 8:51pm]

    

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