Gov. Scott Promises To Raise School Funding Again

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) —Florida Governor Rick Scott promised to raise school funding if he is re-elected.

On Thursday, Scott vowed to recommend a roughly $700 million increase to public schools for 2015 — which would push the amount of money for each student to record levels and bring total state and local funding to just under $20 billion.

“We need to invest in education,” said Scott during a campaign stop. “My mom told me when I was growing up the way out of poverty is to get a great education and then work your tail off. And that’s what she taught me and I want to make sure this is a state where you can do that.”

But the timing of the announcement — which comes months before the governor is even required to submit recommendations to the Florida Legislature — drew fire from Democrats and the state’s teacher union as…

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