St. Petersburg, Fla. - Charlie Crist, the People's Governor, today received the endorsement of the Florida Education Association and its 140,000 current and retired teachers, education professionals and teaching students. Governor Crist released the following statement:
"As a public school kid and graduate of our State University System, I am committed to public education. My dad served on the Pinellas County School Board, and two of my three sisters were public school teachers. There is nothing more important to our economy than improving our public schools, and as everyone knows, a world class education system is built on the foundation of a quality teacher for every student. Scott's first budget attempted to cut $4.8 billion from our public schools, which would have cost tens of thousands of teachers their jobs. When I was Governor, I worked to save the jobs of 20,000 teachers, and we saw record high school graduation rates. My first budget will fully restore student funding to the high levels when I was Governor, because if you give me the honor of serving as your Governor, I will wake up every day asking the simple question: what are we doing today to help our students succeed."