Friday, July 10, 2020
"With pretty much the same budget priorities and leftover promises from last year, I hope that this is not only the year of the teacher but the year the governor does what he said he would do by ensuring the affordability of a healthy Florida, protecting our seniors from cutting their medication in half, allowing individuals to vote who have the constitutional right to do so, and protecting our economy’s growth by allowing those who have come to Florida to live and work, to do so without fear."
"Well, in this season of opportunity, we can say there is more out there to achieve for our state – and there is no reason why we can’t seize this moment and deliver for the people of Florida."
Riding high in the polls, Gov. Ron DeSantis will look to push several items through the Legislature which kicks off its regular session on Tuesday. 
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans for the Florida Prepaid College Board to lower Prepaid Plan prices by $1.3 billion, a reduction benefiting almost 225,000 customers. 
“According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. With this investment of over $600 million, raising the minimum salary to $47,500 will rank Florida second in the nation for starting teacher pay,” the governor’s office noted.
DeSantis pointed to statistics showing the 2018-19 graduation in Florida stood at 86.9 percent, up from 86.1 percent the year before. That’s almost 28 percent higher than 2003-04 and up 9 percent over the past five years.
In recent years, voters in several counties have been split over whether to elect a school superintendent or rely on an appointed one. From 2004 to 2017, voters in only three counties--Lake, Monroe and Polk Counties--abandoned having an elected school superintendent and moved to an appointed one. 
When the 2010s opened, Florida was reeling from the economic downturn thanks in large part to its dependence on tourism, new home construction and real estate, areas which took a hit when the economy went south. Throw in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf in 2010 and Florida was in bad shape. 
Members of the Florida delegation helped get the “Fostering Undergraduate Talent Using Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act” through Congress and is now on President Donald Trump’s desk. The bill, which cleared the U.S. House by voice vote in September and...
“The First Lady and I appreciate the support we have received over the past year. Every day, I wake up grateful for the opportunity to go to work on behalf of Floridians. While we can reflect and be proud of these accomplishments, there is always more that can be done."