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Response to Charlie Crist’s New Education Ad

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Charlie Crist has a new ad up on TV today attacking Governor Scott on education, claiming that Rick Scott is “closing the door” of opportunity on Florida students. Please see below for a response from Sen. John Thrasher as well as some facts setting the record straight on Charlie Crist’s and Rick Scott’s education records.

Matt Moon
Communications Director
Rick Scott for Florida

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
New Ad From Charlie Crist Uses Fuzzy Math To Attack Rick Scott

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR JOHN THRASHER, CHAIRMAN, RICK SCOTT FOR FLORIDA: “Instead of releasing an education policy he said would be ready by June, Charlie Crist is resorting to more false attacks against Governor Scott. It was Crist who slashed state education funding by $550 per student. Rick Scott has cleaned up his predecessor’s mess, funding schools $370 more per student in state funds than Crist’s last budget. Charlie Crist’s fuzzy math won’t fool Floridians.”

Charlie Crist Claims In New Ad That “Rick Scott’s Education Cuts Is Closing That Door [Of Opportunity] On Florida’s Kids, Spending Almost $200 Less Per Student Than When I Was Governor.” (Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor Ad, 7/23/14)

  • Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left Schools With $559.32 Less Per Student In State Funds Than His First Budget. In the first budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2007-2008), per-student state K-12 funding was at $7,126.33. In the last budget Charlie Crist, signed (FY 2010-2011), total per student state K-12 funding was at $6,567.01. The difference is $559.32. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education)
  • Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left Schools With Nearly $1.4 Billion Less In State Funds Than His First Budget. In the first budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2007-2008), per-student state K-12 funding was at $18,751,344,667. In the last budget Charlie Crist, signed (FY 2010-2011), total K-12 funding was at $17,353,385,926. The difference is $1,397,958,741. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education)
  • After Charlie Crist Left Florida With A $3.6 Billion Budget Shortfall, Governor Rick Scott Cleaned Up Crist’s Mess And Has Now Provided K-12 Schools With The Highest Total Education Spending In Florida History. Florida Gov. Rick Scott vowed Tuesday to make his state the ‘most fiscally conservative’ in the country, as he previewed a budget proposal that he says will close Florida’s $3.6 billion deficit while making the climate more attractive to businesses. The newly elected Republican governor is trying to balance his pledge to cut the deficit with a campaign promise to slash property and businesses taxes.”; Under Rick Scott’s Budget, “The Bottom Line-Number For K-12 Schools Of $20.7 Billion In The Largest In History …” (“Florida Gov. Rick Scott Vows To Close $3.6B Deficit, Make State ‘Most Fiscally Conservative,” Fox News, 2/1/11; Steve Bousquet, “Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs State Budget, Vetoes Just $69 Million In Spending,” The  Tampa Bay Times, 6/2/14)
  • Rick Scott’s Budget This Year Provides $370 More In State Funding Per Student Than Crist’s Last Budget. In the last budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2010-2011), total per student state K-12 funding was at $6,567.01. In this year’s budget Rick Scott signed (FY-2014-2015), total per student state K-12 funding is at $6,937. The difference is $369.99. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education; Joshua Gillin, “Charlie Crist Touts Per-Pupil Spending vs. Rick Scott,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/20/14)

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