You can't always get what you want
Gov. Crist signed the new state budget this morning, finalizing a 6.65 percent increase in per-pupil funding and $147.5 million for teacher bonuses. The total budget is $71.5 billion, and public schools get $24.4 billion of that. But in the end, Crist had to settle for less. He got half of what he wanted for teacher bonuses, $500 million less for class-size reduction (the final budget includes $3.3 billion for it) and $20 million less for more reading coaches (the state will get 80 more instead of 400 more.) "This is a tight budget year," Crist said in a press release, "and we must live within our means, just as the people of Florida must live within theirs."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter
(Photo of Gov. Crist signing a different bill, from the State of Florida)