[This article is reposted from an email received from Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman, Lenny Curry:]

MONEY HUNGRY Florida Dems Complain About Education Funding Without Regard To Results, Current Investment


STATEMENT FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LENNY CURRY:

“The old, tired Democrat idea is to throw money at something and expect it to get better. Gov. Rick Scott and our GOP-led legislature reformed education in Florida, oversaw high achievement and doubled-down on a good investment. It’s typical of Democrats to find something to complain about, even though Florida taxpayers are seeing more bang for their buck when it comes to education and Florida families are seeing record state-based funding of our schools.

BUT UNDER GOV. SCOTT, FLORIDA IS ACHIEVING MORE COMPARED TO TOP SPENDING STATES

When It Comes To Per-Pupil Spending In FY 2011: (Press Release, “Per Student Public Education Spending Decreases In 2011 For First Time In Nearly Four Decades, Census Bureau Reports,” United States Census Bureau, 5/21/13)

  • Florida Spent $8,887 Per Pupil, 42nd In The Nation.
  • DC Spent $18,475 Per Pupil, 2nd In The Nation.
  • New York Spent $19,076 Per Pupil, 1st In The Nation.

When It Comes To National Rankings In Education Standards, Assessments, And Accountability In 2012: (“Quality Counts 2013: Code Conduct – State Report Cards,” Education Week, 1/10/13)

  • Florida Was Ranked 5th
  • New York Was Ranked 16th
  • DC Was Ranked 31st

When It Comes To National Rankings In K-12 Achievement In 2012: (“Quality Counts 2013: Code Conduct – State Report Cards,” Education Week, 1/10/13)

  • Florida Was Ranked 12th
  • New York Was Ranked 24th
  • DC Was Ranked DEAD LAST

When It Comes To National Rankings On Teachers: (“Quality Counts 2013: Code Conduct – State Report Cards,” Education Week, 1/10/13)

  • Florida Was Ranked 4th
  • New York Was Ranked 7th
  • DC Was Ranked 48th

FLORIDA DEMS IGNORE RECORD INVESTMENT, TEACHER PAY RAISES

Governor Scott’s “Families First Budget” Includes Record $10.5 Billion In State Funding For K-12 Schools. “The Florida Families First budget provides $10.5 billion in state funding for K-12 public schools, including $480 million for teacher salary increases and $45.3 million for the Teacher Classroom Supply Program. It provides each teacher approximately $250 for classroom supplies, and $45.8 million for rural districts in order to cover higher costs the districts incur due to sparse student population.” (Press Release, “Governor Scott: Florida Families First Budget Includes History State K-12 Education Funding,” Gov. Rick Scott, 5/20/13)

Florida Teacher Union President Praises Gov. Rick Scott For Teacher Pay Raises. “FEA thanks Governor Scott for his efforts to provide an immediate across-the-board pay increase to Florida’s classroom teachers in recognition of their demonstrated performance which has brought Florida’s education system to sixth in the nation. FEA applauds the infusion of additional resources into public education as was proposed by the Governor.”
(Press Release, “Governor Rick Scott And Florida Teachers Applaud $480 Million To Give Every Teacher A Pay Raise,” Gov. Rick Scott, 4/28/13)

Public Schools Are “Winners” In Governor Scott’s Budget. “At this point, the winners far outnumber the losers in Scott’s proposal: The winners … Public schools: The K-12 system would receive a $1.2 billion increase that includes a $2,500 pay raise for teachers and a $412 increase in per-student funding. He also would give teachers up to $250 a year to buy supplies and would provide $100 million for technology improvements” (Lloyd Dunkelberger, “The Winners And Losers In Scott’s Budget Plan,” The Gainesville Sun, 1/31/13)