Florida House to support Gov. Rick Scott's education spending goals
Gov. Rick Scott has said he won't support a budget that doesn't pump $1 billion or more back into Florida's public education system. (Even if it's not all new money.)
He's found some support in the Florida House.
"Our analysis and prioritization with respect to K-12 education funding mirror those of Governor Scott. We have funded K-12 with an allocation exceeding $1 billion in new state funding to the Florida Education Finance Program. This addresses all of the shortfalls in K-12 education and also provides an increase in per student funding of 2.27 percent," House speaker Dean Cannon wrote in his 2012-13 allocation memo this morning.
Budget chairwoman Denise Grimsley reiterated the message in a statement she released today, as well.
"Governor Scott’s budget recommendations, particularly in the area of K-12 education, were one of many tools utilized to finalize these allocations. Our shared commitment to ensuring that Florida’s students have the resources necessary to compete in the global economy is reflected in the K-12 allocation which includes over a $1 billion in new state funds," she wrote.
House budget proposals are expected to go to committee next week. The Senate has not moved as swiftly on spending, with leaders suggesting they might wait before crafing a budget.