CONTACT: Mark Hollis
Democratic Leader-designate Statement
REP. THURSTON: Rick Scott Can’t Disguise His Scary Education Record
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In response to Governor Rick Scott’s latest education proposals for the 2013 legislative session, House Democratic Leader-designate Perry Thurston (D-Plantation) issued the following statement:
“Here we go again. It’s almost Halloween and Rick Scott is trying to disguise his horrific education record.
“Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders have drained billions of tax dollars from our public schools and they have given many of these dollars to out-of-state corporations and for-profit companies who are making money off our children’s education.
“I believe, and other Florida House Democratic Caucus members believe, that strong public schools are the pathway to growing our economy and helping middle class families succeed.
“Unfortunately, Rick Scott is still not providing Florida the level of education funding improvements that our public schools deserve. Because of Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders, Florida spends $2 billion less on public education today than was spent only five years ago.
“Rick Scott can put away the Halloween mask. Floridians are already scared by his horrific education record.”