BOE to consider bigger budget
The state Board of Education will consider approving a proposed $15.9 billion operating budget for schools and community colleges next year when it meets in Tallahassee next week. That’s up 7.9 percent from the $14.7 billion it got this year.
Given the bleak state of Florida’s finances – the Legislature cut $332 million in education spending last spring - the draft proposal looks even more like a wish list than usual. Ultimately, Gov. Charlie Crist and lawmakers will decide next spring how much goes to education.
Among some of the specific proposals in the draft:
• $3.66 billion to reduce class size, up $853 million from this year.
• $6.04 billion for the Florida Education Finance Program, up $829 million.
• $99.6 million for testing, up $27.4 million.
• $1.23 billion for community colleges, up $126 million.
• $24.5 million for reading grants, down $46.0 million.