On to next year
So Florida's budget looks bleak for the next couple of years. So lawmakers just trimmed per-student funding by $100 each. That doesn't make the need go away. So the State Board of Education is asking for $24.7-billion, or about $592-million more, for the 2008-09 school year that begins next July.
The board's request, approved today, would increase the operating budget by $1-billion, or 5 percent, to $21-billion. It would decrease the capital outlay budget by $426-million, or 10 percent, to $3.7-billion. The largest line item increase would be class-size reduction funding, which would rise $615-million, or 22 percent. The biggest single decrease would be in State University System "projects," which would drop $236-million, or 37 percent.