Crist Avoids Education Funding Question
Charlie Crist showed his lack of leadership on education funding. He told the Florida Education Association he will ask for school funding in his budget proposal. Crist said the decision on funding is up to the Florida legislature. The decision has already been made.
However, , schools won't be so lucky next year, state Sen. Steven Geller, D-Cooper City, warned, as legislators must cut another $2 billion from the state budget -- of which education consumes about 60 percent.
''It is inevitable,'' Geller told Broward School Board members. ``Anybody that has told you the legislature will make up this shortfall is lying.''
Property and sales tax revenue is down. The legislature is going to make more cuts to education. The question is will Crist veto these cuts. The Governor has shown zero political courageousness in discussing education. Crist can't support increased education funding and property tax cuts. It is one or the other. It would be nice to hear where Florida's undecisive Governor stand.