Governor Rick Scott is proposing an increase in total state funding for education to $19.6 billion. In an August 21 statement from the Office of Governor Rick Scott, he was quoted as saying, “I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session, we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state’s history. We already have the highest total spending in K-12 this year and gave every teacher the opportunity for a pay raise,” said Governor Rick Scott.
Throughout his time in office, Governor Rick Scott has promoted education as a way to improve the Florida economy and to help people obtain and keep better jobs. He often refers to his own rise from a youth of poverty. During a recent visit to a factory in South Florida, he spoke in favor of more science and technology education.
Also, in the statement, Governor Rick Scott was quoted as saying, “My mom taught me that a good education was the way out of poverty and I want all Floridians to have the opportunity to receive a great education and have their shot at the American Dream. By increasing per pupil spending to historic levels next year, school districts will have more resources to provide Florida children the best education possible,” said Governor Rick Scott.
The proposal by Governor Rick Scott would be just over $19.6 billion and this would mean $7,176 per student, a $232 per student increase over the past school year, according to the statement.
Some people believe in this proposal, others do not. “I hope we get more money. I think we all deserve it. We work so hard to educate young people,” said Marilyn Bach, a teacher.
“It is always good when more money goes for education. We are preparing children to be our future, doctors, lawyers, business and political leaders. We are preparing young people to function as adults,” said Susan Gonzalez, a teacher.
“I really don’t believe in what the Governor is proposing. I don’t think it will filter down to teachers,” said Rick Swenson.