Florida Governor Rick Scott is following through on his campaign promise to boost the amount of money going to the state’s public K-12 Schools.
During the Great recession Florida and many other states, cut their budgets, including education.
Florida sustained a billion-dollar reduction in education funding during Governor Rick Scott’s first year in office, The Governor has pushed for education increases since then. And this year Scott is promising record education spending. His proposal calls for per-student spending levels to rise to nearly $7,176. That’s a $260 boost above current funding levels, and about $50 more than the pre- recession peak in the 2007-08 school year.
Even the usually critical Florida Education Association, a teachers union, issued a statement in support of the Governor’s proposal. If approved by lawmakers, public school funding could near $20 billion in the upcoming fiscal year.