Governor Scott Applauds $1 Billion in New Funding for Education

Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School

Governor Scott visits with students at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School for the Medical Arts in Jacksonville

During a visit to Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School for the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Governor Rick Scott commended the Florida Legislature for answering his call to include $1 billion in new state funding for K-12 education in the 2012-2013 budget.

The additional $1 billion will be used to provide a $405-million increase in per-student funding, as well as an extra $47.3 million for enhanced reading programs and $663 million to fill budget gaps and pay for new students expected to enroll during the 2012-13 school year.

“I look forward to signing the final budget that will invest $1 billion in new state funding for our K-12 students and classrooms,” Governor Scott said. “I listened to teachers, parents and students to find out what issues were most important to Floridians. By far, education and jobs are the two issues Floridians care about most.”

Later today, Governor Scott will visit also Evans High School in Orlando and John L. Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor. Governor Scott discussed how increased funding for K-12 education is important for Florida’s students because getting a good education is key to getting a job.

Governor Scott also emphasized the importance of making sure schools provide a quality learning environment for students. “With increased funding comes increased accountability, and we need to continue to raise the bar for our education system,” he said.

Before announcing his budget recommendations in December, Governor Scott spent months traveling the state and listening to teachers, parents, students, small businesses owners and families. Discussions with Floridians led him to make $1 billion in new state spending toward education his top priority.


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