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Scott wants $1.2 billion increase in school spending

Of education and the economy, Gov. Rick Scott said, "They are definitely connected, we want our kids to get a great education so they can get a great job." Photo by Bill Cotterell.

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he intends to double down on his commitment to education as a foundation for a strong economy and to ask the Legislature to increase funding to public schools by $1.2 billion next year. His proposal received a chilly response from leaders of the House and Senate, who spoke after Scott at an annual meeting of editors and broadcasters sponsored by The Associated Press.

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