Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) faces Republican Ron DeSantis (right) in the 2018 contest for Florida governor. [Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald | AP Photo/John Raoux]
Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) faces Republican Ron DeSantis (right) in the 2018 contest for Florida governor. [Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald | AP Photo/John Raoux]
Published September 20 2018

Florida's two major party candidates for governor have released their education platforms, and they couldn't have offered a more distinct choice.

With the exception of wanting to expand career and technical education, and to pay teachers better, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum disagree on almost everything. Even their ideas for boosting salaries differ dramatically.

Reporters Emily Mahoney and Jeff Solochek dissect their talking points — such as Desantis' dedicating 80 percent of funding to classroom expenses and Gillum's dismantling of charters and corporate tax credit scholarships — as one of the nation's most watched political races heats up heading into the final month of campaigning.

For more details, read the DeSantis platform and the Gillum platform.

Related coverage: How are Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum different? Look at their education plans. 

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