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K-12 Education

Rick Scott for Florida

June 10, 2014

Governor Scott has made strategic investments in our state’s education system and secured $480 million in teacher pay raises and additional funding to help teachers buy supplies for their classrooms. This year, Governor Scott provided record funding for K-12 schools. Governor Scott knows that critical educational investments help Florida’s children and grandchildren get the tools they need to pursue the American Dream.

Under Governor Scott:

  • In the next legislative session, Governor Scott will include in his budget the highest per-pupil funding for K-12 education in Florida history.
  • K-12 education will be funded at the highest levels ever, with a record $18.9 billion in total funding.  Conversely, total state funding was lower when Charlie Crist left office than when he signed his first budget.
  • Governor Scott implemented $480 million in teacher pay raises in 2013.
  • Next year, an additional $40 million will support digital learning in Florida classrooms.
  • Throughout Florida, Advanced Placement courses are increasing.  Florida now ranks 4th in the nation in the percentage of high school graduates who pass their AP exams.
  • For the second year in a row, Florida ranked first in the country on the graduation index for Hispanic students.
  • According to The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Florida’s 4th grade students rank 2nd in the world for reading.
  • According to the National Council on Teacher Quality on two consecutive surveys, Florida has the best teachers in the country.
  • The National Institute for Early Education Research has ranked Florida first in the country for access to Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classes.

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