Gov. Scott offers preview of his goals for education

4:12 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott is offering a glimpse of his new education plan that he will unveil in Ft. Myers on Thursday.

Gov. Scott is naming the plan "College and Career First." He says it was developed from his talks with students, teachers, parents, administrators and members of the teachers union.

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One of the main elements of the plan is to make sure the state does not require any more changes to testing in the classroom. Scott says everyone involved with education is frustrated with frequent changes in testing.

Read: Lessons of Gov. Scott's "listening tour"

The governor says he plans to put $2 million in his budget proposal for professional training for teachers. Scott says teachers asked him for that option.

He will also propose creating a so-called debit card for teachers so they don't have to use their own money to buy school supplies. He says that's become a common practice for many teachers so he wants to raise money for that purpose.

The governor hopes to enlist help from the private sector for that goal.

"We'll be talking to companies and try to set it up where even businesses or individuals can be helpful to teachers."

Gov. Scott says his "College and Career First" plan will also focus on trying to create more charter schools in Florida.

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He wants to allow school districts to form their own charter schools because he believes parents and students should have more options in Florida's education system.

Dave Heller

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