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Scott’s Education Plan: PR Stunt or the Real Deal?

As Florida Gov. Rick Scott calls on state legislators to increase funding for school by $1.2 billion some are skeptical about his intentions. We’d like to get your take on the governor’s proposals, Tampa Bay.

Florida school districts that have struggled with multi-million-dollar budget cuts and teachers who’ve gone years sans raises are being offered some hope courtesy of Florida’s Republican governor.

Rick Scott is calling on the state’s legislature to approve a budget that includes an extra $1.2 billion in funding for public schools. Some of that money would help fund across-the-board raises of $2,500 for the state’s teachers. The overall plan would also boost per-student funding by about 6.5 percent, according to TBO.com.

"Investing in our teachers and in our education system is the key to our state's continued economic growth," Scott said in the TBO piece. "We made the hard choices to recover and get back on track — now we must make the smart choices to invest in Florida's future."

Scott’s plan, however, has some people raising their eyebrows. Just two years ago, he recommended cutting education funding. Now he’s stepping forward with an olive branch.

Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman April Griffin is among the nonbelievers, according to The Huffington Post.

"I really think this is a ploy on our governor's part to try to bring up his dismal approval rating," the Post quoted Griffin as saying. “We've seen our governor's agenda for the past four years, so pardon us if we are a tad bit skeptical.

“It has not been public-school friendly.”

Whether the governor’s proposal will make it through the Republican-controlled legislature is also in doubt. What is clear, however, is that Scott is up for reelection in 2014 and his approval numbers are anything but stellar. In fact, a recent poll shows he’d lose to former Gov. Charlie Crist if Crist threw his name into the arena.

So, what do you think Tampa Bay? Is Gov. Scott truly trying to invest in Florida’s future or is this just a PR stunt? Does it matter if the end result is an increase in funding for education? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

JR February 04, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Mirra-You have lost any credibility you might have had with your hate filled and racists postings. Notice none of your buddies on the left have your back? Hate is hate and there is no rationalizing it no matter what your sexual preferance is.Nobody likes angry and bitter old people.
michael mirra February 04, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Why do you mention my sexual preference? I said that America is free for all people of all sexual preferences because it is & people like you can't seem to see that. People like you show your bigotry when you assume that anyone who supports gays is probably gay. I am not gay. I feel that they have the right to marry the person of their choice, just like everyone else has that right. I don't write any hate in my comments. I'm not mad either. I'm intense in answering your idiot assumptions you people jump to. Actually, I'm laughing at your idiocy in how you people respond. No one jumps top my back because I am left of Liberals & they too think I'm the lunatic fringe. I'm not bitter. I'm used to what has to be overcome & follow the words of Steven Stills who said that we must fight to change America, but if we can't do it with a smile on our face & peace in our hearts, then we don't have any right to do it at all, because that would mean we hadn't learned anything at all & we are supposed to be some kind of different.
michael mirra February 05, 2013 at 12:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNK5jVkv0vM A video I put up on Youtube myself a few years ago. It demonstrates my Patriotism toward making America a better country.
Michael D. February 05, 2013 at 01:57 PM
What I love about Scott, is that it gets all the extreme Right and extreme Left all worked up. Is Scott one of our better governors, not really. Is he one of worst governors, not really. He does a poor job with the government organizational structure, like most businessmen who enter a government executive post do. If you need proof of that see where our best businessmen who were Presidents in the 1900's did. I disagree with some decisions and agree with others. But he hasn't been as great as some on the extreme right would lead you to believe, and he hasn't been as bad as some of the extreme left would lead you to believe. But he does expose the real problem with this nation and it citizens. Were too divided on the topics that don't matter, to come together on the topics that do matter. This has been going on since the "Contract with America" in the late 1990's. So that means to Leftists it not Bushes fault, and to Rightists its not Obama's fault.
-Ed Harris- February 05, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Michael D, you could not of stated it better! I think when people are elected they should drop the politics and be moderate considering all sides. Elected offices are voted on by all the people even if you voted against something. No one will ever be perfect but why did we and them sell out and stop at trying.

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