Gov. Scott to highlight jobs, schools in State of State

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida legislature Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler)

Photo by Scott Keeler

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida legislature Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida legislature Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler)  TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida legislature Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will focus on jobs and education today when he makes his third State of the State address.

The speech comes Tuesday as lawmakers begin their 60-day legislative session.

Scott will make a push for the $2,500 across-the-board raise for teachers, saying steps he took his first year to eliminate tenure and base raises on performance makes it easier to move bad teachers out of classrooms.

He also plans to point out job growth, and he has an answer for critics who question who to credit for new jobs.

In speech excerpts released Monday, Scott says, "Maybe it is because I am not a politician, but I think this is a great debate to have. It celebrates the fact that our economy is once again creating jobs."

Return to naplesnews.com today for a live blog during Gov. Scott's speech, scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

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