Common Sense Kids Action Calls Out Gov. Rick Scott For Failing to Address Investment in Early and K-12 Education in Florida

Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

San Francisco, CA -- Following Florida Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address this week, Common Sense CEO James P. Steyer released the following statement criticizing the Governor for not investing in education.

"Substantive education policy was noticeably absent from Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address. Gov. Scott has a long career of creating jobs for the sunshine state, and it is no surprise his address focused on his continued efforts to attract employers to Florida. But a well-trained workforce begins with a strong education system. In the months to come we look forward to working with Gov. Scott to ensure investments in early education and K - 12 education are being made. That funding is available for Florida's Voluntary Pre K programs and that school readiness providers are receiving the resources needed to ensure the next generation of students are adequately prepared to learn in a K - 12 setting."

Common Sense Kids Action is currently working with policymakers and Florida based advocacy organizations to accomplish:

  • A continued increase in the funding for Florida's early learning programs.
  • Expanding "Help Me Grow," the 24-hour parent resource, to all 67 Florida counties.
  • Bringing common sense student privacy protections to Florida's students in a K - 12 setting.
  • Expanding access to computer science courses that ensure students are workforce ready in Florida's quickly changing jobs market.

For more information on Common Sense Kids Action's work in Florida, please contact Lisa Cohen at [email protected] or 310-395-2544.