Today, Governor Rick Scott announced $1 million in proposed funding to partner with high-tech companies in Florida to create a paid summer residency program for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers to bring new industry trends in STEM fields back to Florida’s K-12 classrooms. In addition to the summer residency program, Governor Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” Budget also proposes $30 million for a new workforce training initiative focused on STEM occupations and $5 million to incentivize $10,000 STEM degrees at our state colleges.
Scott said in a statement, “We want Florida to be the global leader for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal. By investing in science, technology, engineering and math education, we are ensuring our students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. Our teachers are essential to preparing our students and helping them realize better educational outcomes, and that is why it is so important that we invest in educating our teachers so they can bring innovative ideas to the classroom. We know that the workers and leaders of tomorrow are in our classrooms today and we will continue to make important investments to help our students succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
This is the latest pledge from Scott concerning education. In the past weeks, he’s also revealed plans to ask the state legislature for $100mil for charter schools, and $20mil in tech schools. These budget proposals in addition to raising per pupil spending to it’s highest point in state history.
This is also the last reveal in his “Let’s keep Florida Working” budget. Yesterday, Scott was in Lake Mary to announced a 3.6% cut in cellphone and T.V taxes (story HERE).