Gov. Scott Meets With Board of Governors

By: Eyewitness News;Jill Chandler Email
By: Eyewitness News;Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida-- March 24, 2011 by Jill Chandler

Florida Governor Rick Scott met with the Board of Governors Thursday in the wake of legislators proposing cuts to programs like Bright Futures, and Florida Pre-Paid, both in the House and Senate. Eyewitness News Reporter Jill Chandler has the story.

Governor Rick Scott greeted a full room at the Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning.

Scott said he wants to make educational progress in Florida, and said he wants everyone in the state of Florida to have the option of a great education and to have the option of a job. While budget cuts are looming for educators, Governor Scott said he is not willing to raise taxes, not with more than 1 million people without jobs in the state.

Governor Scott said, "Today (Thursday) is a big day for education in our state. This is the first time our principals will be able to pick or keep the teachers they want to keep...the most effective ones. We're going to make sure that our best teachers are going to be able to get paid better, so it's a great day."

BOG members had a question and answer session with the leader of Florida. Gallop Franklin represents the students on the board. He asked about higher education and bringing new industries to Florida so students don't leave the state after graduation.

Franklin said, "We're educating a great quality of the workforce here, but we have to leave the state to go to jobs."

After Governor Scott left the meeting and headed for Jacksonville where he signed the Merit Pay Bill, his first signed bill since taking office---the bill takes away teacher tenure and pays teachers based on performance.

Scott said he agrees that higher education attracts businesses to Florida, but he said we need to take a look to see whether more funding for education is the answer.

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 24, 2011 --

Before Governor Scott jetted off to Jacksonville to sign the merit pay bill, he greeted a full room of people at the Board of Governors meeting on March 24.

Scott says he wants to make educational progress in Florida, and says he wants everyone in the state of Florida to have the option of a great education and to have the option of a job. While budget cuts are looming for educators, Governor Scott says he is not willing to raise taxes, not with more than 1,000,000 people without jobs in the state.

"Today is a big day for education in our state. This is the first time our principals will be able to pick or keep the teachers they want to keep- the most effective ones. We're going to make sure that our best teachers are going to be able to get paid better, so it's a great day," Gov. Scott said.


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  • by Kelsie Taggart on Mar 27, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    I'm sorry but why do u think that this could possibly be a comprehensive story when you didn't even acknowledge that there was a dissenting student body present.
  • by I H8 Crooks on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    You don't want to raise taxes because you and your rich buddies are too wealthy to pay them...What an evil "man" you are.
  • by I Spit in Scott's Face on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    What a sneaky little crook who feels the need to hurt those who are less fortunate then him, to compensate for his ugly bald head (among other things). He is not a man, and will never earn my respect. I hope all of you rednecks that voted for the idiot are happy now; for you all will not have the last laugh.
  • by anon Location: here on Mar 24, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Well Governor, since you said there were too many out of work to have a tax increase - where ARE the jobs? It sounds as if Dean Cannon plans to scuttle you budget by giving out more money to several groups that you wanted to recieve cuts. How will that happen without increasing taxes on corporations or property owners to pay for it and balance the budget?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Can someone tie down scott.
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      by tina palmer on Mar 24, 2011 at 04:15 PM in reply to
      why? do you hane some nasty perverted thoughts.
  • by d on Mar 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    I thought real hard about becoming a teacher after hearing obama speak. As a black man i realize how much of animpact it would have on young black males most of which attend inner city schools with more difficult students. My thought was that I could change lives even if it was only a few kids I saved it would be worth. Some kids are just unreachable and teachers will have to pay for those kids who simply refuse to do homework and choose not to learn. I have now decided that teaching would not be in my best interest. Thanks Mr. Governor I feel sorry for the kids. It will be harder for them to attend college and less opportunities available. Sad sad situation honestly. I thought the kids were our future.
  • by matt on Mar 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    Principals have always been able to fire bad teachers-this is just a scam to pay teachers even less.
  • by kat Location: perry,fl on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    We will have shortage on teachers in the smaller county. Also big increase in drop out rate in Middle /high school students. Because we have to keep number of students in the classroom and now no teachers. What is Florida becoming now.
  • by FORCEOUTRICKSCOTT Location: Tallahassee on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Merit pay equqals=more money for private schools where children are forced to attend by parents that pay thousand of dollars for tuition a year(k-12) and less money for public schools where parents are less involved in their childrens education and attendance. You are FORCING GOOD TEACHERS WHO TRY, TO LOSE JOBS AND TENURE BECAUSE OF MERIT PAY. THESE TEACHERS WILL BE FORCED FROM THE JOB UNLESS EVERY CHILD PASSES UNDER THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICIES. RICK SCOTT IS LOSING FLORIDA JOBS DAILY! yet hes worried about increasing taxes when 1 million are out of work? LIAR! HYPOCRITE! FORCE SCOTT FROM OFFICE! Speak your mind florida, we're upset in tallahassee as the rest of you are. we can force him out, you JUST NEED TO SPEAK UP AND STOP STAYING SILENT ABOUT YOUR CHILDRENS EDUCATION AND FUTURES!
  • by Anna on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    I cant understand what people were thinking when they voted him in. He doesnt not have Florida's best interest at heart. All he would like to do is Line his pockets and make worst for "taxpayers". I cant wait till his term is doen. Hopefully the people of Florida realize there mistake of electing him.
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