The Florida House and Senate appropriations chairs have agreed on public education funding. Floor votes to adopt the final budget take place this Friday, March 11th. Unfortunately, instead of a promised “historic” funding level to public education, legislators have agreed to a disgraceful 1% increase.
Take action today. 1% to public education is unacceptable.
The current proposed per pupil funding amount of $7,178 is $74 more than the final 2007/08 calculation of $7,142.79. That’s less than $8 per year for the past nine years. None of this accounts for over 200,000 additional students since 2007.
A review of spending on a range of education related items since 2007 reveals a miserly, even stingy funding for ESE, which has gone from over $1 billion in 2007 to $900 million today. Transportation was $480 million in 2007 and is $430 million today. The list of such examples is proof of Florida’s disrespect toward public education.
Tell Gov. Scott and Budget Conference leaders to do their job. A 1% increase is a disgrace.
Article IX, section 1 of the Florida Constitution states
(a) The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools…
Making matters worse, the deeply biased $10K Best & Brightest Teacher Bonus based on teenage SAT/ACT scores is now a $48M budget item which never received a fair review in the Florida Senate.
Use your voice today. Our public school children deserve so much better.
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