A look at the education budget cuts
Lawmakers in Tallahassee have hammered out a proposed $71-billion budget, and will sit on it for three days as required by law before voting on it Friday.
Here's the basics of what the cuts look like for K-12 and higher education:
$268-million less in per-student funding for K-12 students, or about $100 less per child.
$930,000 less for private colleges and universities
$31-million less for community colleges
$84-million less for state universities
Universities would get $4-million in performance-based money, to be doled out based on which institutions have the best graduation rates, etc. They also would be able to raise tuition starting in January by 5 percent, to $77.39 per credit hour. That's about $55 a semester, just what the Board of Governors voted to do last month. And there's a push among lawmakers to automatically boost tuition each year to match inflation. Note that this wouldn't really change the status quo for universities, which - until the governor's veto this year - have raised tuition by between 3 and 7 percent each year.
That still leaves Florida at the bottom compared to other state university systems.