Florida Board of Education to consider budget priorities for 2014-15
With the 2013 legislative session in its rearview mirror, the Florida Board of Education is set to start preparations for its 2014 budget request. The Department of Education staff has provided a list of proposed guidelines for the board to consider when it meets Tuesday.
The recommended priorities differ somewhat from those used in this past year, when the process began under different leadership.
For instance, the first guideline calls for providing continued funding, including the replacement of nonrecurring funds, for items that meet at least one of these criteria:
a. Constitutional requirement
b. Statutory requirement
c. Supports the Department’s Action Plan and 90-60-90-90 Strategic Initiatives, including the implementation of the Common Core State Standards
d. Alignment with Governor Scott’s Priority Initiatives
Both c and d are new, replacing the 2013 criterion of "Supports State Board of Education Strategic Plan." The proposed guidelines eliminates the idea of requesting money for new initiatives associated with the strategic plan, including technology/digital conversion, and SB 736 test development and performance pay..
They further call upon the state to limit use of federal funds to programs that don't obligate the state to future financial commitments, compared to the past year when the State Board sought to maximize the use of federal funds without creating future obligations.
Stay tuned to see how much the board adheres to these suggestions.