Statements about Education

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."

"Private prison systems are calculating how many new beds (they will need) based on the ... number of third graders."

"More than half of last year's U.S. college graduates are unemployed or underemployed."

In Miami-Dade County, "we spend at our school system over $20 million every year" educating recent immigrants.

"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."

Says Gov. Rick Scott allowed Republican legislators to cut his teacher pay raise proposal by 60 percent.

"Every Florida teacher gets a pay raise."

"The average student in Florida, what they actually pay out of pocket at our major universities" for tuition is as much or less than what they spend on cellphones.

College students "who are NOT U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant" plan to return to their home countries after getting free gas cards and child care.

"This (parent trigger) legislation was drafted by President Obama's top advisers. It was drafted by President Clinton’s top advisers."

Says Rick Scott called education not a "core function" of the state.

Says his proposed education spending "is the highest state funding level in Florida history."

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