Education money from Gov. Scott's veto? Don't hold your breath
From the latest "Friday Update" newsletter to Pinellas school board members:
Several board members commented at Thursday night’s School Board meeting that the district could see additional funding as a result of Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $615 million in spending. Here is a clarification on the issue from Steve Swartzel, Director of Government Relations:
* The amount of money that would be returned to school districts statewide would be about $98 million. If that amount was put into the regular formula, Pinellas’ share would be less than $4 million.
* The only way the money would be redistributed in time to impact the 2011-12 school year would be if the Legislature was called back for a special session specifically for that purpose. That has never happened before; the Legislature has never met to redistribute vetoed money.
* Even if the Legislature did go back into a special session, there is no guarantee that the money would be redirected to K-12 education.