Statements about Education

"Florida high schools are four out of the top 10 in the entire United States."

"The $18.8 billion in funding for K-12 education funding is the highest in Florida history and includes a record $10.6 billion in state funds."

Says Rick Scott "cut education by $1.3 billion" in his first year, then "in his second year he decreases funding by $300 million to our state universities."

Charlie Crist stopped "layoffs of some 20,000 school teachers during the global economic meltdown."

Says Rick Scott "didn’t even come to his own education summit. But he did take time to go to the tea party convention the same week."

For the state of Florida, "there is not an additional cost with implementation of the Common Core standards."

Common Core is being "used by the Obama Administration to turn the Department of Education into what is effectively a national school board."

The goal of Common Core is "to instill federally determined attitudes and mindsets in students including political and religious beliefs."

"Common Core expects English teachers to spend at least half of their reading instructional time at every grade level on informational texts."

Teachers were not involved in developing the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core means "there are over 300 data elements the government is going to be collecting about your children and about you."

Bill Gunter would "drain millions from local public schools, and give our tax dollars to private, for-profit schools run by out-of-state corporations."

"Today many Florida teachers are at risk of having their pay impacted by the performance of children who are not even in their classrooms or subject areas."

In Florida "we have 75,000 on (a) waiting list for child care and 23,000 on waiting lists" for community care for the elderly.

"We’re 48th in K-12 funding and 50th in higher education."

"One out of every three students currently today is ready for college before they go there."

Florida’s "high school graduation rates continue to increase at the fastest rate in the nation, with Florida leading the nation in the rate of Hispanic graduates."

Rick Scott "increased tuition at our state colleges and universities by double digits."

"Over 12,000 school kids were arrested in Florida. It makes Florida the nation's leader in that area."

New school testing standards "will consume approximately twenty days of testing for elementary, middle and high school students."

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