Crist's ed budget
Gov. Charlie Crist rolled out a proposed education budget this morning that includes a 5.46 percent increase in per-pupil spending - up $394 from last year's funding, to a total of $7,606 per student.
According to a press release, the $33.5 billion package ($23 billion for preK-12) includes $138 million to fully fund any hits that K-12 would take if voters approve the property-tax amendment on Jan. 29. It also includes $847 million for class-size reduction, $467 million for teacher bonuses and $202 million for reading programs and virtual tutors.
On the higher ed front, the budget calls for a $52 million increase for new student enrollment at Florida's 11 universities and $23 million more for medical schools at FSU, FIU and UCF. It does not include a tuition increase. To see more budget details, go to www.myflorida.com and click on "The People's Budget."