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PolitiFact: Crist's education claim is Half True



Gov. Charlie Crist says Florida has a good story to tell when it comes to K-12 education.

His evidence? State-by-state rankings from a reputable education publication.

Tom-halftrue-pf "When I came in three years ago, according to Education Weekly, a well-respected national publication, it said that out of the 50 states Florida was ranked 31st. Thirty-first in K-12 education," Crist told members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee on Dec. 14, 2009. "Last year my friends, we went from 31st to 14. And this year, the top 10 in America.

"These aren't my statistics. They're not from our Department of Education. They're from objective observers who gave us this ranking."

Crist means Education Week, not Weekly, but that's not really important. What is, is his claim that Florida's education ranking has improved dramatically from 2007 to 2009. Read more at


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:11pm]


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