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Updated: 05/20/2017 08:30:00AM

Local educators join call for K-12 budget, HB 7069 veto

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Lee Swift

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Caroline Zucker

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Bryan Bouton

Gov. Rick Scott delivers his state of the state address to the joint session of the Florida legislature, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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Charlotte County School Board member Lee Swift who suffered a mild stroke in May is making a swift recovery.

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President Bryan Bouton of the Charlotte Florida Education Association is pictured carrying a sign stating he has had enough of education reform in front of the state Capitol. "Educators or people who have no clue about what happens in schools are passing laws that cause us to do many, many things that they don't turn around and fund," Bouton said.

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Superintendent Steve Dionisio of Charlotte County Public Schools stands nexts to a picture in his office of Port Charlotte High School Class of 2008 which graduated under him as principal. Dionisio also graduated from PCHS himself in 1986.

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If Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t veto the $23.7 billion K-12 education budget and a $419 million education policy bill, the state is headed on a “race to the bottom,” Port Charlotte teacher Bryan Bouton said.

“They don’t care about public education,” said Bouton, a television production teacher and president of Charlotte Florida Education Association, local teachers’ union. “If they cared, they would budget their priorities. We’re looking at the lowest funding in the country. We’re on a race to the bottom.”

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