DATE: October 31, 2012
TO: Interested Media
FROM: Melissa Sellers, Communications Director
Executive Office of the Governor
RE: Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Radio Address
Attached please find Governor Rick Scott’s weekly radio address. Learn more about Governor Scott’s work to provide Florida’s students with a good education while creating an environment where private-sector jobs can grow.
Click here for a video version of the message.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Governor Scott’s press office at (850) 717-9282.
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Weekly Radio Address, October 31, 2012
Hi, I’m Governor Rick Scott. Last month, I traveled the state listening to parents, teachers and students to get ideas on how to better prepare our kids for college and careers. Education is important to all Floridians, and the input I received on my Education Listening Tour was very helpful.
I listened to individuals like Lexington Middle School Principal Linda Caprarotta and Carol Bucher from Fort Myers. They made it clear that they were tired of teaching to the test. I was pleased they were able to join me last week when I introduced my College and Careers FIRST Agenda.
The first goal of my agenda is to support teachers in the transition to Common Core Standards. We must hold off on any new testing changes that do not support these new standards to ensure success for our students and teachers. Our second goal is to support teachers by giving them the tools they need to succeed. We want to help teachers get the training and supplies they need to help our students.
We will create a $2-million-dollar teacher training program to improve professional development. Also, we will equip teachers with debit cards so they can buy the supplies they need for the classroom – without spending their own money.
Our third goal is to allow more flexibility in education. We need to eliminate any unnecessary regulations so teachers can spend more time with our children.
I would like to thank all of the students, parents and teachers we listened to over the last few months. Working together, we can ensure our children will be able to compete and succeed in the 21st century global marketplace.