Debit Cards for Teachers

Oct 26, 2012

Governor Rick Scott released his education plan today. One of his goals: To give teachers the tools they need to succeed.

Teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their students. Now, the Governor who cut $1.3 billion in education funding during his first year in office is saying he's wants to give every teacher in Florida a debit card.

He's calling it the Teacher Supply Program and he's asking business leaders to invest in it. The program needs to be approved by Florida lawmakers during the legislative session starting in March.

Governor Rick Scott introduced his legislative agenda for education at a summit in Fort Myers today.  It’s based on what he learned from educators and others on a recent statewide listening tour.  Its aim is to implement a smooth transition to national Common Core Standards within two years and to support teachers.   

Scott to Release Education Agenda

Oct 24, 2012

Governor Rick Scott will make some new education proposals this week, including more access to charter schools and debit cards for teachers to buy classroom supplies. He said he'll roll out the details Thursday at an education conference in Fort Myers, but gave a preview to reporters Tuesday.

Scott said he'll push to issue debit cards to public school teachers so they won't be out of pocket for supplies. He said at least some of the funds will come from private donors.

StateImpact Florida: 70 Students in a Classroom

Oct 23, 2012

In order to accommodate so many students at the girls locker room at Hialeah High School in Miami is being used as a physical education classroom.

It’s dark, and it reeks of too much perfume. Schools can pack as many students as they want into classes like PE - there's no cap. But as teacher Julia Holden explains, there is the issue of space.

Gov. Rick Scott wants the State Board of Education to make changes in its plan to set passing scores based on a student’s race. But Scott isn’t saying what the Board should do to alter the plan.

Gov. Scott says every child should be performing on grade level in subjects like math and reading.

“I learn differently than other people learn,” said Scott. “But I do know that all children can learn, and we should expect we should have high standards for everybody.”