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Steve Bousquet column: As governor, Rick Scott still a work in progress



As governor, Rick Scott remains a work in progress.

He's starting to get the hang of things, but he has long way to go.

That was evident again last week, when Scott visited an elementary school in suburban Jacksonville to triumphantly sign the state budget.

Scott wanted to emphasize an $1 billion in additional money for schools (never mind a cut of $1.3 billion the year before).

He traveled to St. Johns County, where students had the highest FCAT test scores in the state last year.

The governor's staff selected Cunningham Creek Elementary in the village of Fruit Cove, a place of neatly manicured upper-middle-class subdivisions with idyllic names like Ivy Lakes and Julington Creek.

The setting could have been a Disney movie, but it was real.

What transpired was surreal to watch.

Column here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 7:18pm]


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