Battle to be Florida's Governor: School Plans

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Second graders at this Tallahassee private school are learning about hurricane preparedness.

Many of them wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Florida’s school voucher program. 11th grader Travis Blanks, a member of the national honor society and football standout, is here on scholarship.

“My mom though that it would be the best fit for me, but financially there would just be no way that I could get in,” said Blanks.

30-thousand Florida students receive vouchers. The scholarships are funded through a corporate tax credit. Republican Candidate for Governor Rick Scott wants to expand the program, but his opponent Democrat Alex Sink doesn’t like the idea.

“I don’t support any further expansion of that program until we are able to assure ourselves that public schools are adequately funded,” said Sink.

Sink wants to increase spending for public schools and Pre-K programs, while Scott wants to lower property taxes that help fund education; although Scott says *overall* funding for education wouldn’t be cut.

We talked about how the candidates differ, but one issue both Scott and Sink agree on is that the state needs a performance pay system for teachers.

A merit pay push during this year’s legislative session outraged thousands of teachers because they were locked out of the process. The candidates are promising open dialogue in any future merit pay discussions.

For more details about each candidates’ education plans we’ve attached links to Scott and Sinks plans.

Sink’s Plan: www.alexsink2010.com/issues?id=0011
Scott’s Plan www.rickscottforflorida.com/home/issues/educating-floridas-workforce/


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  • by Parent Location: Leon on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Kudos for Scott! A good and faithful servant.....Putting more teachers out of jobs....
  • by A mom Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    We pay taxes. Our kids go to a private school. My taxes pay for the children in public school to have what they need, while we struggle to additionally pay tuition for the private school. Yes, it's a decision we'd make with our without vouchers. But my taxes, should go towards the private school, not to give extra money to cover the children in public schools whose parents don't pay taxes. We struggle to pay their tuition every single month. It's simple. Or at least should be. Parents whose children go to private schools should be able to use their school tax money for the school their child goes to. This should make perfect sense.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    My children once attended a private school. What kills me is that as I paid for them to attend while I continued to pay the taxes for public school. Now, they use this money to pay for some other child to attend a private school. This just isn't right. Use the public dollars to fund public schools. If someone wants to send their child to a private school suck it up like I did, work hard, put in the overtime, and send your child to a private school. I'm sure these folks that are getting the vouchers don't even pay the school taxes either.
  • by Megan on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    Private schools are great, however it is not up to the tax payers to pay for people to send their children to private school. My youngest sister goes to private school on my parents paying not the tax payers. Spend our tax dollars on the public school system the way it is supposed to be, if parents want their children to go to private school they will just have to foot the bill. If I choose to send my daughter to private school I don't expect anyone by my husband and myself to pay for it.
  • by wondering Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Just wondering how many school vouchers are received at Mcclay or North Florida Christian? I wouldn't mind sending my children to a private school, but fortunately DeSoto Trail is an excellent school. Yes, we live in the NE, but that's why we work hard, to send our kids to good schools. As a parent I would be careful where I send my kids. Like the charter school in Jefferson County. For Pete's sake the principle there doesn't even hold a college degree. There should be some oversight.
  • by alternatives on Sep 30, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Perhaps parents should take responsibility to educate their children and not leave it up to high paid bureaucrats that sit in the high tower on Gaines Street or our legislators. Teachers are not given the respect or latititude to do their jobs, they spend more time being disciplinarians and drug agents. Families that choose to use vouchers, in attempt to better educate their children, also pay taxes. Our family chose to homeschool and paid tuition to a private school. We still paid taxes; we didn't leave it up to the state to undereducate our children. There is mega-truth in the movie/documentary "Waiting on Superman". If we have to rely on underfunded and substandard dumbed down schools to make our future leaders, this country is headed for certain destruction due to the lack of better educated children. Parents take RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR children's education. They belong to you not PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS!
  • by SMH@Politics on Sep 30, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    I pay taxes for public schools, not private schools. Why should the government take funding out of my public dollars to support private schools? If more public funding goes into these private schools, then I don't think these schools should be considered 'private' anymore.
  • by pick your evils! on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:38 AM
    I tried public schools- a small gang jumped my honor roll student & administration seemed helpless & overworked to prevent it. Private ones are so underfunded they too have their own issues keeping up with the technology of this generation. Bringing issues before the school board is a joke & with Florida High now virtually eliminating chances for all but white collar citizens by prioritizing Southwood residents, and FSU employees over the rest- good LUCK getting a decent private school if you can't afford it!
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