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$80M for state colleges; hold the line on tuition at $10K

We are recommending $80 million in our budget this year for those colleges and universities who graduate students best positioned to get a job.

We are changing how we fund higher education but if we want to make higher education more accessible to low and middle-income families, we have to make it more affordable.

Last year, I vetoed a tuition increase that would have taken a total of more than $42 million from Florida families. And, this year, we want to get rid of the 15% annual increase and inflationary increase on tuition.

My commitment to every family dreaming to send their children to college is simple: We will hold the line on tuition.

Parents saving for their children to get a four-year degree from a public university today need to save over $53,000. We shouldn't celebrate how accessible higher education is until we can make it more affordable. That's why I am proud that all of Florida's 4-year state colleges now offer bachelor's degrees for only $10,000.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Florida legislature , Mar 4, 2014

Eliminated tenure; with performance pay, give $2,500 raise

When I first stood before you in 2011, I said, "The single most important factor in student learning is the quality of teaching." Since that time, we eliminated teacher tenure. We signed performance pay into law, and it will take effect in 2014.

Florida's education system is making tremendous progress, due in large part to our great teachers and the work begun by Gov. Bush. Our students and teachers were recently ranked 6th for educational quality; and our 4th-graders scored among the highest in the world on a recent reading evaluation. Accountability is working.

The best way we can build on this progress is to reward our hard-working teachers with a $2,500 pay raise. Some say they are afraid that giving raises to all teachers may mean that a teacher doing a bad job gets rewarded. But, thanks to our work, we are now in a better position than ever before to reward good teachers and move bad teachers out of the classroom. We don't want a war on teachers; we want a war on failure.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature , Mar 5, 2013

$10M for vouchers for private schools for poor kids

Summary from The Florida Current:

Status:Bill passed House, 92-24; passed Senate, 32-8; approved by Governor, March 23,2012.

Source: Florida legislative voting records: HB 859 , Mar 23, 2012

Allow students to deliver inspirational messages

SB98: Authorizing a district school board to adopt a policy that allows an inspirational message to be delivered by students at a student assembly.

Analysis by ACLU Florida: This is the school prayer, which was termed "inspirational message" bill when Senate legal staff expressed doubts it could pass constitutional muster. The measure authorizes school districts to adopt a policy to allow students of all ages to deliver inspirational messages at compulsory and non-compulsory school events and prohibits school personnel from being involved in overseeing the message contents, sectarian or otherwise.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 88-27-4 on Mar/1/12; Passed Senate 31-8-1 on Feb/1/12; Signed by Governor Rick Scott on Mar/23/12

Source: Analysis of Florida legislative voting record SB98 , Mar 23, 2012

Increase the number of charter schools

We need to focus on our incredible opportunity to improve our K-through-12 education system. We now have real innovators offering a 21st century approach to education. And many of those new approaches offer better outcomes without increasing costs.

I am calling for an increase in the number of charter schools--which are public schools that are allowed to work independently of their school board and can innovate in ways that encourage all schools to improve.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Florida legislature , Mar 8, 2011

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