Florida Gov. Scott, Challenger Crist Spar Over Education

Image: Florida Gov. Scott, Challenger Crist Spar Over Education Charlie Christ, left, and Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 01:43 PM

By John Blosser

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Florida's governor race between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and newly mined Democrat Charlie Crist is focusing on education, The Miami Herald reported.

TV campaign ads tell the story. Crist is aiming his appeal at, and featuring, teachers, counting on their anger over 2011 state-imposed teacher evaluations to bolster his campaign, while Scott’s softer campaign ads target parents, including the current governor with his wife and children.

"What this campaign is going to be about, first and foremost, is making sure we have someone in the governor’s mansion who understands how precious education is and how important it is to honor our teachers and not demoralize the heck out of them," Crist told the Herald.

Crist has won the endorsement of the Florida Education Association, the teacher’s union, an endorsement he lacked during his run for governor in 2006. Since that time, the FEA has filed suit against Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and the Department of Education in a dispute over teacher evaluations.

Meanwhile, Scott, who cut the statewide education budget by $1.3 billion in his first year, only to later restore it, has blasted Crist’s performance as governor in TV ads stating that he "allowed college tuition to increase up to 15 percent every year."

Crist seems to have the lead among voters concerned with education, according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, which found that voters approved Christ over Scott on education by 49 percent to 35 percent and Crist to be leading Scott by 46 percent to 38 percent overall.

Scott has said that the current state education budget is the largest in the history of Florida, but his opponents reply that the state spent more money per student during Crist’s term as governor.

Scott has blasted Crist for laying off 3,000 teachers but PolitiFact Florida challenged that assertion, and Crist countered about Scott in a speech to teachers, "He talks about jobs all the time, but he won’t lay the groundwork so people can get them."

Both men hammer each other on cutting back Florida’s Bright Futures merit scholarships, but PolitiFact Florida declared that a wash, noting that both Scott and Crist raised eligibility requirements and, thus, cut back on the number of students eligible for scholarships.

Related Stories:
Democrats Courting Florida’s Changing Cuban Voters
Lawyers Argue for Repeal of Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Atlanta US Attorney Yates Tapped for Deputy AG

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 17:46 PM

President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justi . . .

Allen West Says Goodbye to Florida at Holiday Party

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:49 AM

Tea party hero Allen West is making his final Florida appearance before moving to Texas. . . .

Rep. Mike Kelly Offers Obama 'Lump of Coal for Christmas'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 07:50 AM

All forms of energy in the United States should be developed to spur job creation and economic growth, Pennsylvania Repu . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved