Parents, teachers rally for school funding

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Parents, educators and community leaders F riday morning asked Gov. Rick Scott to invest part of a projected budget surplus on education.

Earlier this month , Scott pledged to cut $500 million in taxes and asked the public for ideas on what to cut during the "It's Your Money" tax cut tour.

The group said they want the governor to invest any additional state revenue into public education instead of tax giveaways to corporate special interests.

"The governor has a choice: stand with Floridians and support education or stand on the side of corporate special interests," said former State Sen. Dan Gelber, who addressed the crowd.

Retired educator Bernice "Bunny" Steinman of Boynton Beach said Scott's cuts to the state's school budget forced a number of school districts to eliminate art, music, library time, and after school programs. 

"Our children deserve a well-rounded education and Rick Scott's special-interest agenda continues to put that goal in great jeopardy," said Steinman, who taught art classes for 32 years.

The rally, organized by the grassroots organization Florida For All, was held at the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association on Spencer Drive.

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