Statement for Governor Rick Scott Regarding the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge

12/16/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – “It is unfortunate that the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services decided not to award Florida the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant which would have gone to the benefit of at-risk children.

“When Florida’s application was submitted for the grant in October, we made it clear that we would not accept grant money with strings attached, additional state spending obligations, or requirements that created new burdensome regulations on private providers. We stuck to our principles, and unfortunately our insistence against irresponsibly using one-time dollars for recurring government programs did not win the favor of the administration in Washington.

“Creating a world-class education system that prepares students for the workforce is my top priority. We will accomplish this goal for the benefit of our current students and generations of Floridians to come without sacrificing responsible spending.

“Last week I announced my budget recommendations for next fiscal year, and I have asked for $1 billion in new funding for education. I have traveled the state and listened to the people of Florida, and it is clear that education, and its correlation to quality jobs, is the top issue facing our state. I will continue to work every day to ensure that every Floridian has the opportunity for a good education and a job.”

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Statement from Florida Office of Early Learning Director Mel Jurado

Tallahassee, Fla. – “I support Governor Scott’s principled approach to creating a world-class education system for all of Florida’s students, including our earliest learners. Governor Scott’s opposition to irresponsible spending is in the best interest of the state, despite the wishes of the administration in Washington. We will continue to carry out the Governor’s vision to create a great education system in Florida that will prepare our youth for the workforce.”

 

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