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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