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The Senate says...



Florida senators have unanimously adopted changes to the state's education budget that are similar, but not identical, to what the House has in mind.

The bill approved this morning retains teacher performance pay but allows for prorated bonuses if the money isn't all there. It allows for reduction of per-student funding. And it permits school districts to declare emergencies that would allow them to postpone new textbook adoption, though Education Appropriations chairman Stephen Wise assured his colleagues that districts would not be allowed to put off buying necessary reading materials.

The bill further would allow the commissioner of education to limit the penalty assessed to school districts if they do not comply with the class size amendment.

Because the language is not identical to what the House is poised to approve, the sides would have to iron out their differences in conference. The special session is scheduled to end next week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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