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New education initiatives up for debate in Florida



When the Florida Board of Education next meets, it intends to begin discussions on spending priorities for 2012-13 as the Legislature readies itself for a January session.

Members have a list of possible ideas to consider adding to their legislative budget request. Some of them could generate heated debate, while others might gain wide acceptance quickly. Among them:

  • $1.5 million to resume having two readers for each FCAT Writing exam
  • $1.5 million to prepare more teachers to instruct Advanced Placement courses
  • $9.9 million for additional charter school capital outlay
  • Funding of all public K-12 education on performance (no amount attached)
  • Expanding KIPP, Teach For America and dropout-prevention focused charter schools (no amount attached)

The recommendations also include not funding public broadcasting, adding $40 million to the FEFP for reading coaches, and $50 million for school technology needs.

See anything you like? Hate? What funding recommendations do you have for the SBOE? (You can see the documents and comments provided during the board's Monday meeting on its website for other ideas.)

[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 4:15pm]


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