Education to be Top Priority in Florida
According to a report at Tampa Bay Online, Scott is making a dramatic shift in policy by citing education as one of the top priorities for the state of Florida this year. Last year, the governor was criticized by Florida residents for slashing the education budget by $1.3 billion, which amounted to over $500 per student. The total cut was actually less than the governor had requested, decreasing from a 10-percent cut in his initial request to an actual eight-percent cut that was approved by the Florida legislature.
In 2012, all of the state legislators in Florida are up for reelection. Scott now appears to be looking out for the welfare of his lawmakers. He also seems to be heeding the concerns of Florida residents and business owners, who have long been crying for more education funding to improve the quality of state schools. His bruising legislative session last year that involved major cuts to education may have left a significant impression on him as well. Finally, a projected growth of 30,000 students in Florida Public Schools has left Scott little choice but to find a way to ensure these students get a decent education in his state.
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