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Republican Party gets it "Half True" on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's education funding

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Monday, October 6, 2014 1:31pm

In ads leading to the November election, the Republican Party of Florida claims Gov. Rick Scott has provided an "historic" $20 billion in education funds.

Politifact Florida took a look at the statement, and found it "Half True."

"It's reasonable for the Republicans to cite that $20 billion figure -- though it's worth remembering that they are zeroing in on one year of Scott's tenure while omitting any discussion of his other three budgets, including in 2011, when he signed off on a cut of $1.3 billion. After facing criticism for that cut, Scott has since supported increases in K-12 spending.

"As for the 'historic' label, that depends on how you slice the numbers."

Read the full report here.