IMPROVING PERFORMANCE IN EDUCATION
Governor Scott’s own education was the key to his ability to get a good job and mount an unprecedented career. Therefore, he has devoted record levels of funding to state education systems in Florida, always ensuring that schools were graded and held accountable for helping students succeed.
Source: Florida First – Making Florida First in Education
K-12 Education in Florida:
- During Governor Scott’s time in office, Florida’s K-12 public school funding has increased by $3.2 billion or 37 percent since 2011.
- Per-pupil funding in Florida is at a record high, $7,408 per-pupil.
- Although student enrollment has only grown seven percent in the same amount of time, Governor Scott invested an additional $4.5 billion in state and local funding into our K-12 public schools, a 27 percent increase.
- As of last year, school districts have reserve funding of more than $2 billion statewide, and a vast majority of districts have reserves in excess of five percent.
Governor Scott challenged Florida’s higher education institutions to not just focus on getting more students to enroll in their school, but to shift their entire mission to helping students get the education they need to get a good job when they graduate. It’s working!
This year and in 2017, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida as the best state in the nation for higher education. The report says it looked at: the time it takes students to complete their degree programs, the cost of tuition and fees, and the burden of debt for college graduates.
Governor Scott is dedicated to ensuring that all students in Florida have affordable options to pursue a quality education that will prepare them for success in the workforce. The Governor has continuously challenged higher education institutions to reduce the cost burden to students by holding the line on any tuition increases in Florida and creating initiatives like the $10,000 four-year degree at Florida’s colleges and holding the line on college and university tuition.
Governor Scott’s work to hold the line on college tuition forced the cost of a Pre-Paid Florida Public University degree to plummet from $53,729 in 2013-2014 to $27,379 in 2014-2015.