Governor Rick Scott will ask state legislators for more money for public schools this year, though it’s less than half of what he asked for last year.
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget will include an increase for education. During an address at the Capitol, Scott said he’ll propose an increase of $1.2 billion in the K-12 education budget, a roughly $400 per student increase.
Governor Rick Scott is putting the final touches on education proposals he plans to unveil on Thursday at an education conference. The plans include debit cards for public school teachers and more school choice, according to the News Service of Florida.
The Florida House of Representatives has given tentative approval to the state’s more than $65 billion budget.
Lawmakers in Tallahassee actually want to spend more money on state schools.
While Gov. Rick Scott has said in the past that he does not want the state’s budget to rely on more gambling, he would like lawmakers to increase ticket sales of the Florida Lottery to boost money for schools.
After spending 25 years in the Broward County School District, Thursday is Broward County Schools Superintendent Jim Notter’s last day. Notter, 64, has been at the top of the school system for just under four years.
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.