Fla. Senate Set To Cut Education Funding By 6.6 Percent

TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – The Florida Senate is set to cut pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade by 6.57 percent, or roughly a drop of $447.25 in per-student from the current school’s budget.

It’s a dramatic increase from the initial 2.28 percent cut Senate budget writers began working with at the beginning of the session.

Senate education budget chairman David Simmons said the difference comes from $739 million in required contributions by the state towards teachers, school administrators, and employees pensions.

The revised Senate numbers are now more closely aligned with the numbers coming out of the Florida House of Representatives. The House is considering a per-student cut of 7.7 percent, or roughly $524.50 per student, according to the News Service of Florida.

Neither the House nor Senate cuts are as severe as the 10 percent cut proposed by Governor Rick Scott.

The Senate is expected to pass a pre-K through 12 education budget on Thursday.

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  • Dania

    The reforms and the cuts that are being proposed by Governor Rick Scott may reduce the budget deficit at the present time, but in the long run the ones that are going to suffer are the children. In the future the govenor of the state of Florida whom ever he may be at that time will have to dip into the state funds to help the students that have fallen behind accademically because of the disaster Govenor Scott is in the process of creating for the state of Florida’s education in general.

  • Plantation

    I guess we will have a lot of kids that will only be qualified to flip burgers! There is so much waste in so many other areas of government. Education should not be sacrificed!

  • WakeUpYouLiveInFLA

    We live here because of the weather not because of our kids education. You want good education move to Vermont, New Hampshire or Massachussets (NOT!!)

    • ashley mcghan

      U live here because of the weather u ole fart! To make a remark like that just shows how dumb u r!! U go back upstate & re-educate yourself

  • ger

    First they take away tenure that protects educators somewhat from poliiticians. Then they cut the already meager funding for teachers and kids. No wonder this state is last in education. Shame on the legislature and governor.

  • Me

    If we are giving teachers more pay through Merit Pay how is that going to be possible if we continue to cut funds from education. Seems to me like both ideas contradict each other

  • MiamiMex

    Look at the budget.

    Education makes up about 2%

    If we want to improve Florida we need to increase that number, not decrease it.


  • Business_Owner_Worrying

    The cuts to education are the best gift other countries could get from the Republicans. YAY GOP and all those who voted for them in Miami-Dade & upstate.

    Don’t you worry, your kids will be on top of the world in the next 10 years as will your research-based industries.

  • Everett Hill

    At this rate and with continuing policy the State of Florida will never catch up with the national and international levels of excellence in high-school or university level skill and achievement.

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