Tallahassee, FL — The Florida Democratic Party today released a new television ad, “Tools,” highlighting Karen Castor Dentel’s commitment to improving our schools which are key to attracting businesses that create good paying jobs and ensuring that our children have the tools they need to succeed. The ad will begin airing on TV stations starting today. See below for transcript and proof.
“Our number one priority needs to be a good education for our kids. And as a mother and as a teacher, I see first hand how Tallahassee is hurting our schools,” said Castor Dentel. “It’s just about making sure our kids have the tools they need to succeed.”
A Maitland school teacher with a last name that is synonymous with public service, Castor Dentel was inspired to run after watching Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP in Tallahassee continue their Tea Party attacks against Florida’s public education system.
President Obama won the district by 4 points in 2008 while Alex Sink also carried the district in 2010. Furthermore, the district has a strong and growing Hispanic population which is trending Democratic. Democrats hold a slight registration advantage.
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KCD: Our number one priority needs to be a good education for our kids. And as a mother and as a teacher, I see first hand how Tallahassee is hurting our schools.
“Fla Dems attack GOP Legislature for ‘Assault’ on Education,” Tampa Bay Times 3/7/12.
“The legislature cut $300-million from higher education, approved potentially significant tuition increases, and budgeted no money for public school construction projects.”
“Gov. Rick Scott signs $70 billion state budget after $142.7 million in vetoes,” Tampa Bay Times, 4/18/12.
“The budget does not make up for five consecutive years of cuts to K-12 spending, including $1.3 billion in cuts Scott approved last year”
“Florida school officials: $1 billion not enough,” Times Union, 2/28/12.
“St. Johns County Superintendent Joseph Joyner said, ‘an increase is not always an increase.’ He said the boost from last year does not overcome past budget cuts — $1.3 billion statewide last year alone”
“Legislature’s reckless, pork-barrel budget,” Tampa Bay Times editorial, 3/7/12. “The proposed 2012-13 budget set for a final vote on Friday is a study in pork-barrel spending, reckless policy and a shortchanged future”
VO: Karen Castor Dentel knows that good public schools are key to attracting businesses and providing good jobs for our kids and our future. As State Representative, Castor Dentel will invest in our schools and put middle class families first.
“Standing up For Education,” VoteKaren2012.com.
“From shifting money from our public schools to private school vouchers, to overreliance on the FCAT, Tallahassee politicians have made a mess of our schools. Karen is in the classroom Monday through Friday, so she knows what’s not working and how to fix it.”
KCD: It’s just about making sure our kids have the tools they need to succeed.