College or Career

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Governor Rick Scott will unveil his education agenda for the coming year tomorrow.
College and Career First is the theme.
The plan contains an increased emphasis on charter schools, no changes to the FCAT, and debit cards for teachers to buy classroom supplies.

Teachers in Florida receive just under two hundred dollars a year for class room supplies.

For Art Teacher David Worrell, the 180 dollars was a drop in the bucket compared to what he actually spent.

"Probably spent between fifteen hundred and two thousand dollars," said Worrell.

From the trays of colored pencils to the reams of paper and glue on the shelves, just about every supply in this classroom was purchased from Worrell's take home salary.

Having to pay for their own supplies has been a decades long complaint for Florida teachers but that could be changing if Governor Rick Scott gets his way.

Boosting classroom supplies spending to $500 per teacher would cost the state an additional 58 million dollars a year.

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