Crist releases education budget
The $33.5-billion pre-k through university education package, first introduced last week, includes $138-million to cover the potential Amendment 1 losses to the K-12 system. It would provide $394 more per student, an increase of almost 5.5 percent. And it puts $847-million toward full implementation of the class-size amendment.
For higher education, the governor proposes no tuition increases - something that university leaders have clamored for to boost quality. He also would provide $52-million for enrollment growth, and $23-million for medical schools at FIU, UCF and FSU.
Educators have said they hope Crist can work with lawmakers to implement the budget plan. They have expressed concerns, though, that it won't be possible amid the state's economic downturn.