Florida lawmaker proposes maintaining funding for students in adult courses
For two years, Florida school districts had to seek special action from state lawmakers to protect the millions of dollars they received to cover the costs of high school students making up credits through adult education programs.
The Legislature threatened to cut the funding, then issued temporary yearlong exemptions to the funding cut, which had been proposed as a budget balancing move.
State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, has filed legislation to permanently reinstate the funding. Miami-Dade and Pasco counties were among the largest users of the program, with Pasco serving more than 3,000 students through adult education "co-enrollment" in 2011.
The bill would remove the "not" that prevented the funding, as well as the language creating exceptions for 2011-12 and 2012-13. Last year, Rep. Will Weatherford -- now House speaker -- backed efforts to keep the money flowing to districts.