IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RON DESANTIS’ EDUCATION PLAN
Yesterday, Ron DeSantis released his education policy to boost classroom spending for students and teachers, expand choice, vocational and technical education, and hold the line on college tuition — all without raising taxes. Meanwhile, Andrew Gillum’s plan calls for raising taxes by a billion dollars. See the coverage of Ron DeSantis‘ education policy below:
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Governor’s race focuses on school funding
“DeSantis would require that 80 percent of state public school dollars go to classrooms, up from the level of about 74 percent, which he said was reached in 2016-17. DeSantis’s campaign says that increase would yield almost $1.4 billion more for schools. The 80 percent proposal was part of an education package the Republican unveiled Tuesday that aligns with his party’s support for private-school vouchers. DeSantis is pledging to expand the state’s tax credit scholarship program, give parents more school choice options and reward primarily high-performing teachers.”
Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis education proposals spotlight workforce training, school choice
“Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis wants to cut administrative costs at local school districts and put more money into school choice programs while boosting vocational and technical training. The plan is a clear contrast to the plan of Andrew Gillum, his Democratic opponent, who wants to raise the corporate income tax to put $1 billion into traditional public schools…”
Tallahassee Democrat: Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis spar over mayor’s proposed corporate tax hike to fund schools
“Charter schools and other non-traditional methods is a DeSantis priority. His plan includes support for more school options such as magnet schools, independently-managed charters and the use of technology to develop more options. Instead of across-the-board pay raise for teachers, he would develop a merit-based pay plan tied to classroom performance.”
Miami Herald: School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education
“Republican Ron DeSantis…vowed Tuesday to expand the state’s private school voucher program while at the same time pledging to spend more on classrooms by making cuts elsewhere in the education budget…’I think Florida has done some good things over the years,’ DeSantis told reporters after he toured a middle school in the Tampa area. ‘We really need to build off that.'”
Tampa Bay Times: How are Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum different? Look at their education plans.
“DeSantis has proposed increasing the total amount that can be distributed for Florida’s voucher-like system for low-income students, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. Gillum wants to pump the breaks on sending public funds to charter and private schools, though he has yet to expand on whether the state should scale back on those initiatives or just not create new ones.”
WWSB: DeSantis vs. Gillum education plans for Florida
“DeSantis‘ classroom spending proposal calls for spending 80 percent of all education funding in the “classroom.” The proposal has echoes of the “65 percent solution,” a proposal first touted by many Republicans more than a decade ago. His campaign said that they estimate that nearly 74 percent of education spending now goes directly into the classroom for teacher salaries and school supplies. Stephen Lawson, a spokesman forDeSantis, said raising it to 80 percent would put another $1.38 billion into the classroom.