Crist connects with FAMU students
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist with students of FAMU.
FAMU, TALLAHASSEE, FL —Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist laid out his plans to rebuild Florida’s education system to an enthusiastic group of student leaders.
Crist entered the FAMU student senate chamber to applause from about 80 students and student government leaders. Crist was on campus for a roundtable discussion on a variety of issues.
The former governor discussed the need to rebuild and properly fund Florida’s public education infrastructure. He says the effort will shore up the foundation for the future of Florida.
Deep cuts to university budgets have hampered progress according to Crist who, like other critics, say Governor Rick Scott is no friend to education.
Scott cut an unprecedented $1.3 billion from Florida class-rooms and has hampered pay raises and other incentives for public school teachers and public employees.
Governor Rick Scott’s only visit to Florida A&M University was for a prayer breakfast and a gala for his then Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll in January of 2011.
Scott forced Carroll, the first African American Lt. Govern in Florida, to resign two years later because of her connection to an internet café embroiled in scandal. Carroll was never charged with wrongdoing.
Scott also prompted the only FAMU student march on the governor’s mansion in 2012. Over 2,000 students converged on the mansion to protest Scott’s attempt to oust then President James Ammons.