New report: Florida must invest more in public education

10/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A new report on public education in Florida says state must invest more in public education.

Yesterday the group Enlace Florida, in partnership with the Washington Economics Group, released a report on the impact of socio-economic indicators and the return of investment from public education in Florida.

In the report, the study estimates that a $1 billion increase in public funding for higher education yields a Social Return of Investment of 220 percent.

The study also demonstrates that improved educational outcomes, especially among Florida’s fast-growing and diverse minority population, would increase the quality of life of our communities, reduce social pathologies and improve the standard of living of Floridians.

Braulio Colon is the assistant director of Enlace Florida.

Last week, Florida Education Association head Andy Ford called for a sales tax increase to help fund public education across the board in Florida.

Miami Beach House Democrat Dan Gelber agrees the state needs to boost funding, but calls a sales tax hike "regressive," and says tax exemptions sunsets are a possible place to look.

Miami Dade County Democratic Representative Anitere Flores was asked if she thinks that the attitude from Florida Republicans in the Legislature will be more conducive to funding education. She said changes in the economy dictate that they do.

And Dan Gelber, now running for state Senate in the Miami Beach area, says the report cries out for the state to realize the future could be in trouble here in Florida.

To look at the report, go to

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