Gov. Rick Scott to ask for $1.25 billion more in education funding
From the Buzz:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he will ask the Legislature to increase funding for public schools by $1.2 billion next year, or the equivalent of about $400 more per student.
A third of that amount would fund a $2,500 pay raise for teachers, and another $300 million would be a contribution to the state pension fund to reduce its unfunded liability. A total of $118 million would pay for normal growth in student enrollment.
Speaking to the annual AP news forum in Tallahassee, Scott presented a case that Florida's economy has steadily improved under his direction and that now is the time to "strategically invest" in public education.