It's official: $1.22 more per student in Florida
And as we've reported, even that $1.22 sounds better than it is.
The 2010-11 budget will provide appropriated funds of $22.3 billion to help create world-class schools in Florida so that graduates are qualified to serve in the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) – The budget includes $404.4 million – an increase of $37.6 million, or 10.2 percent – for Florida’s VPK Program to ensure that early childhood education is available for all four year olds. Funds will cover an additional 8,895 children expected to enroll in the program. The base student allocation has been reduced by 0.5 percent, and administrative fees have been capped at 4.5 percent. An additional $25 million was also provided to address enrollment growth in the current year.
Public Schools – The budget provides $18.1 billion – an increase of $111.3 million , or 0.62 percent – for the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), which funds public schools. This allocation increases per-student funding from $6,842.29 to $6,843.51, or $1.22 per student. Compared to current-year funding, state funds increased by $848.9 million, or 10.5 percent.
In addition, $21.2 million for the Excellent Teaching Program will provide an approximate four-percent, or $1,900, bonus for teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Community Colleges – The Florida College System will receive a total of $1.12 billion, an increase of $68.4 million, or 6.5 percent. With tuition, the increase is $126.5 million, or 7.1 percent. Funds will provide associate degrees, as well as increase the number of partnerships with four-year institutions and baccalaureate programs in critical job areas.
Universities – The State University System (SUS) is provided a total of $2.3 billion, an increase of $74.4 million, or 3.3 percent. With tuition, the increase is $198.1 million, or 5.8 percent. Funding includes $10 million for the SUS New Florida Initiative to enhance university-based research, increase degree production, and expand programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM).