had one of the best policies for middle class students to get college education without going horribly in debt. The prepaid tuition was very generous, and the Bright Futures scholarships were great.
We have had nothing like that in Iowa. Average middle class kids will get nothing for college. Our (Iowa) tuitions are higher than Floridas, and the only benefit of the 529 is the state tax deduction (7% to 9% of all money contributed to the 529 for middle class earners).
the GOP has a problem on education issues. Higher education has suffered dramatically under the reforms pushed by former Governor Jeb Bush, making Florida’s colleges and universities less competitive academically and in terms of research with their counterparts from outside the state.
The continued problems Florida has with primary and secondary education have affected the state’s ability to attract businesses. Despite the bravado of the state legislature and GOP leadership about creating jobs and attracting business they have failed.
We constantly hear about how a positive climate for business needs to be created in Florida. The Republican majority as well as complicit Democrats constantly bring this topic up. Floridians of different political and ideological persuasions all agree that we need to attract new business to the state.
But with the exception of the much ballyhooed Scripps facility attracted by the Bush Administration to Palm Beach County efforts to attract large companies to relocate administrative headquarters and large facilitates to Florida have fallen flat. At the same time, Florida’s public universities have faced remarkable cuts in budgets and as a result a drop in national reputation.