FDP video blasts Rick Scott’s history in education funding

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As Gov. Rick Scott signs the largest budget in Florida history, a new web video produced by the Florida Democratic Party calls out his failed record on the state’s education system over the last three years.

The 30-secpond spot points to the governor’s past budgets, which cut K-12 education funding by $1.3 billion, slashed the Bright Futures scholarships, reduced funding for colleges and universities by hundreds of millions and repeatedly raised tuition rates.

“For three years, Floridians have witnessed the devastating effects Rick Scott has had on public education,” said FDP Chair Allison Tant. “Now, in addition to running for re-election, Rick Scott is trying to run from his record of slashing education funding while lining the pockets of special interests and top campaign contributors.”

Tant singles out two facts about the recently approved budget: per-pupil spending continues to hover just below 2007 levels, and Bright Futures serves far fewer students than it did just seven years ago.

“He will have to answer to Florida’s teachers, students, and parents for every dollar he fails to veto as our schools continue to struggle,” Tant added. “Floridians will be watching carefully as Rick Scott decides what’s most important: pet projects for special interests or giving our children the best education possible.”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.