MIAMI HERALD: Scott avoids questions on Higher-Ed Hustle, then issues vague statement

Career College Central Summary:

  • The Miami Herald’s Higher-Ed Hustle investigation of for-profit colleges has attracted national attention. But for more than a month, Gov. Rick Scott didn't say a word about it.
  • In early May, the Herald asked Scott’s press office if the governor wanted to weigh in. There was no response. 
  • Monday morning, Scott was in Miami at Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School. The topic: education. Scott used the appearance to pressure the Legislature to increase K-12 education funding, but when asked about Higher-Ed Hustle, the governor twice opted not to respond.
  • The first time, he kept on walking and posing for pictures. The second time, Scott chose to instead answer a TV reporter’s question on hurricane preparedness. After taking that one softball question, Scott abruptly walked away. 
  • The Herald followed up with Scott’s press office. At 5:10 p.m., Scott spokeswoman Jeri Bustamante released a vague statement that failed to address the taxpayer fraud, political favors, and harm to students uncovered by the Herald's year-long investigation. Here is the statement:
  • "The department of education is looking into this. Gov. Scott's priority is to ensure all of Florida's educational institutions put students first and provide a quality education. Every great job starts with a great education and that is why Governor Scott will continue to work with the Legislature to lower the cost of higher education – including stopping tuition increases in our undergraduate programs."

Click through to read the full article.


Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of