"Tough, tough decisions"
As the Gradebook reported Tuesday, the House budget includes reductions to school recognition funds under A-Plus, bonuses paid to National Board certified teachers and even support to school advisory committees. Its average per-student funding would dip by $86.
The Senate budget targets some of the same items, but in many instances with bigger cuts.
As the Palm Beach Post reports, the Senate's version would slash per-student funding by $115.91. It would cut the money that schools get for good FCAT grades to $80 per student, compared to the House's $90. It would reduce the money teachers get for classroom supplies by $50 each. And it would delay implementation of the final phase of the class size reduction amendment for two years.
"These are tough, tough decisions," committee Chairman Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, said in the Post article. "They're not for the faint of heart."