BOE: Budget request is a "minimum"
The Florida Board of Education and Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith sent their bare-bones budget request to Gov. Charlie Crist and the Legislature this week, along with this polite plea of a letter.
"The State Board of Education understands Florida faces challenging economic times," it says. "During difficult financial times, funding education makes even more fiscal sense. This budget request responsibly funds our state's priorities, and allows the state to invest in a stronger workforce."
The letter refers to the budget request as "realistic" and a "minimum." And it goes on to list some of the gains Florida students have made in the past decade, including rising scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress and rising participation and passage rates on Advanced Placement exams.
Translation: Please don't cut education funding any more. Especially when we're making progress. Of course, the letter comes at the same time all state agencies, including the Department of Education, had to submit contingency plans for an additional 10 percent budget cut next year.
Ron Matus, state education reporter