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Florida Gov. Rick Scott reveals more details of proposed education budget

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday released new details on his proposed education budget.

Among his latest recommendations:

-- $1 million for paid summer residencies for teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

-- $5 million to encourage $10,000 STEM degrees at state colleges.

-- $30 million for workforce training programs in STEM-related fields.

"We want Florida to be the global leader for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal," Scott said. "By investing in science, technology, engineering and math education, we are ensuring our students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century."

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg, R-Trinity, said he was encouraged to see the governor's focus on education.

"It is a positive direction, as long as it is linked to measurable goals," he said.

But Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, said Scott was missing the larger picture. "If we are going to be smart about it, we have to spend time picking apart the current budget and putting the money in the proper places," he said.

Scott has already unveiled a plan to increase K-12 spending to $19.75 billion.

He wants to spend $7,176 per student -- the highest amount ever, not accounting for inflation.

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