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Florida education budget back and forth



Conferees from the Florida House and Senate met late Thursday to begin hashing out the details in their Pre-K-12 budget. They've been looking to cut funding by billions, and then how to prioritize the spending.

In its initial offer, the House agreed to accept many but not all of the Senate's positions on several issues, such as defunding FCAT Explorer, reimbursing school districts for expenses associated with the delay in 2010 FCAT results, and discontinuing the Merit Award Program. The House also asks the Senate to accept several of its positions on which senators took no action during their deliberations, including an increase in the number of students in a Voluntary Prekindergarten class.

The conversations continue until both sides reach complete agreement, beginning again at 8:30 a.m. today. See the first House offer here.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 7:43am]


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