Statements about Education
"We closed that plant down. It was a $27 million-dollar plant, operating full steam, and we closed it down."
Americans, in the last 30 years, "have more than doubled the amount of money we are spending per child (on education) … and the results have gotten worse, not better."
Says he never said he would keep education funding the same.
"Whether you like to admit it or not, half our general revenue goes to education."
"We had an amendment in the health care law that said the federal government is going to take over education."
"In 1998, nearly half of Florida's fourth-graders were functionally illiterate. Today, 72% of them can read."
"You can go to Georgia and make about $6,000 more a year as a teacher."
"On the question on the DREAM Act, no -- no to granting lower tuition to illegals."
"Dan Gelber: On the record against scholarships to help our needy children attend Jewish private schools."
"There currently are 825,000 student stations sitting empty across Florida in every district and at every grade level."
"What is the maximum number of students allowed in your classroom? ... 30 or more!"
Says Alex Sink's plans for governor include $12.5 billion in new spending.
When Tallahassee politicians and bureaucrats tried to run our schools, "I've stood up to them to protect local control."
"Florida spends more than $300 million a year just on children repeating pre-K through 3rd grade."
"700 jobs (were) lost because Allen Boyd" voted for the health care bill.
On whether President Obama's speeches to school children spread "socialist ideology."
"Florida’s high school graduation rate falls well below the national average."
"Today, Florida is in 50th place in spending on education."
Florida teachers are "already paid $5,000 below the national average."
The passage of the teacher tenure bill in the Fla. Legislature was like the health care bill in Congress because one party jammed it through.
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