Will the governor’s education budget be enough to avoid layoffs? Will Tallahassee issue more mandates?
Schools Superintendents Kamela Patton of Collier County and Joseph Burke of Lee County are guests on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle." The show airs at 10 a.m. Sunday on ABC7.
They also are asked: What causes high teacher turnover? What have we learned from the Stand Your Ground case? Will Lee be able to revise school attendance zones by the 2013 goal?
Videos from this and past shows are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Here is an excerpt:
Lytle: The governor proposes more money for public education this year. The question becomes, is this enough money to make a difference or is this just politics?
Patton: I will tell you that it’s not enough money for education, but it's helping defray the loss of the money we used to get. It’s a help because there will be less cutting that we have to be looking for.
Burke: I agree with that. It’s certainly a step in the right direction and I appreciate the governor taking that position, basically saying he’s not going to back down from it. I think that’s a really good message for us. But in terms of the total amount of dollars, we’re just basically making up for what we lost just in the last year.
I think it’s going to be, again, another tough year for us.