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Charlie Crist on Education

Republican


Vetoed merit-based pay for teachers

Rubio, who tangled so frequently with Crist in Tallahassee, knew that the governor also had other liabilities. Crist had vetoed merit-based pay for teachers, a favorite item of conservatives who railed against teachers unions and accused them of coddling underperforming educators.
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.142 , Jun 19, 2012

School choice gives kids the best chance for success

In March 2010, 5,500 school-choice supporters marched in Florida to demand more choice in education. Not bad, even by Tea Party standards. Florida's then-governor, Charlie Crist--who was seeking a new mandate as a US senator--saw the powerful winds of change and choice that were sweeping through Florida and decided to join the march and speak at the rally. During his remarks, Governor Crist emphasized the importance of school choice that "provides parents an invaluable opportunity to choose a learning environment that gives children the best chance for success."
Source: Tea Party Patriots, by M.Meckler & J.B.Martin, p.136 , Feb 14, 2012

OpEd: Vetoed merit pay & ending tenure for political points

Schools should adopt merit programs, which would make the teaching profession more competitive and thus attract better candidates. Merit pay at every school in the country would create a system superior overall to what we have now. We hear all this agonizing about the criteria for merit pay, about the difficulty of deciding who deserves more. The truth is that principals know who their best teachers are. Teachers themselves know who the best teachers in their school are, as do the children and thei parents.

Of course, it is not easy to establish merit pay and abolish tenure. Take Florida, where the legislature passed both reforms but they fell victim to Gov. Charlie Christ's political ambitions. Having changed his political affiliation to Independent from Republican, he vetoed the bill as part of his strategy of moving leftward to try to win a Senate seat in 2010. But at the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves, who loses when we don't educate our children? Everyone.

Source: A Simple Government, by Mike Huckabee, p. 97-98 , Feb 22, 2011

As Commissioner of Educ., implemented school accountability

Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Charlie as Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In 2000, he won a special election and became Florida's last elected Commissioner of Education, where he worked to implement reforms in school accountability and direct more resources into Florida classrooms.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.charliecrist.com, "Issues" , Dec 25, 2009

Father served on the Pinellas County School Board

Charlie Crist was born in 1956 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, but the family soon settled in St. Petersburg, where his father is a respected family physician. Charlie learned the importance of public service from an early age, beginning with his father's tenure on the Pinellas County School Board. As a public school student Charlie quickly learned the value of participation, leading him to serve as class president at St. Petersburg High School and, later, as student body vice president at Florida State University.

His leadership qualities carried into other pursuits. He was the starting quarterback in high school and played at Wake Forest University before transferring and receiving his undergraduate degree from Florida State in 1978. Charlie then earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.charliecrist.com, "Issues" , Dec 25, 2009

Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size

I have proposed in my budget 3.8 billion dollars to meet the constitutional mandate of the class size amendment. This is a 19% increase over the current budget level and would bring state funding for the last five years to 10.7 billion dollars. Smaller classes provide a better environment for learning and we must fulfill our obligation to provide that funding to reduce class sizes.
Source: 2007 State of the State Address , Mar 6, 2007

Early advocate for parental choice in education

As a State Senator, Charlie was an early advocate for parental choice in education by co-sponsoring legislation to implement the charter schools bill. He believes that parents know best what their children need, and should have the freedom to pick the best schools for their kids.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.charliecrist.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Allow vouchers for any public, private or religious school

Source: Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

Constitutional amendment for school prayer

Q: Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?

A: Yes.

Source: Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

Other governors on Education: Charlie Crist on other issues:
FL Gubernatorial:
Jeb Bush
Rick Scott
FL Senatorial:
Bill Nelson
Marco Rubio

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Solis(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Aiona(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Boren(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Schwartz(D) vs.Critz(D) vs.Wolf(D)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
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VT-D: Peter Shumlin
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