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Crist Meets Hispanic Community Leaders, Talks Education

Charlie Crist meets with Hispanic community leaders in Orlando.

Candidate for Governor Charlie Crist was in Orlando on Tuesday meeting with Hispanic community leaders.

Charlie Crist began talking about his family’s immigration to the United States from Greece, but the audience really wanted to talk about education.

They asked what he would do to restore funding that was cut from education by Governor Rick Scott.

Crist says while Scott increased educational spending in the latest budget, it still isn’t enough. “I don’t know what the percentage should be but it ought to be enough not only to restore what he took away, but to enhance and improve what Florida schools should be,” says Crist.

In his first year in office, Scott cut $1.3 billion from K-12 education. Most of that has since been put back.

Outside the event, Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is defending Rick Scott’s record on education.

“We’ve already committed to raising education funding to the highest level, above the highest level now and the next highest level next year,” says Lopez-Cantera. “Governor Scott also made sure teachers got a $480 million pay increase. That’s now about $500 million this year.”

He said much of Scott’s term was spent righting the wrongs of Charlie Crist’s time in office.

Scott asked the legislature for $18.8 billion next year for education.

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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »