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Gov. Rick Scott vows to maintain money for schools

10:44 AM, Sep 15, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vowing to maintain funding for the state's public schools next year.

Scott also said Friday night he would aim to boost the money that is available for schools for the 2013 school year. Scott proposed large cuts to school budgets during his first year in office.

Scott made his comments after a two-hour meeting with the state's teacher union.

Scott has been at odds with the Florida Education Association, which has challenged the governor's moves on merit pay for teachers and changes to the state pension.

The meeting at the governor's mansion was the first time Scott had met with union leaders since coming into office.

Union president Andy Ford said he was encouraged by the start of a dialogue with the governor.

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