Gov. Scott promises to raise school funding again

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Responding to political opponents, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to boost school funding in Florida to its highest levels if he is re-elected.

In an extraordinary move announced Thursday Scott says he'll recommend a roughly $700 million increase for public schools for 2015. He's making the announcement months before he is required to submit his recommendations to the Florida Legislature.

"Florida job growth, and the overall growth of Florida's economy has made it possible for us invest record amounts in education," Scott said. "The credit for our historic investment in education goes to the hard working people of Florida who make it all possible."

Scott's move comes as main Democratic rival Charlie Crist continues to assail him over education budget cuts Scott endorsed during his first year in office. The state cut $1.3 billion from schools in 2011.

Scott is pledging to increase per-student funding to $7,176 -- or a $50 increase over what it was during Crist's first year in office.

When he campaigned for office back in 2010 Scott vowed to cut government spending.

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