Florida House releases its education budget plan
The Florida House on Friday officially released its 2013-14 spending plan, which still must be smoothed over with Senate budgets that have yet to be finished. Among the highlights, the House would set aside $674.6 million that school districts could use for raises, bump up per-student funding by 6.2 percent, and increase school recognition funding to $125 per student at receiving schools.
The House does not propose putting as much money into education technology as the Board of Education recommended. A Senate bill to stall implementation of the PARCC assessments until all schools have adequate technological capabilities has been postponed in committee.
In higher education, the House calls for a 15 percent increase in general funds, and a 6 percent university tuition hike. State colleges would see a 3.3 percent increase in funding.
The House summary of education funding follows:
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed an overall budget totaling $20.2 billion which is a $1.3 billion (7 percent) increase over the base budget. The budget increases General Revenue by $1.1 billion (8.5 percent) for a total General Revenue allocation of $14 billion and provides an increase of $158.5 million in state trust funds dedicated to education for a total trust fund allocation of $6.1 billion.
The PreK-12 budget totals $13.7 billion which is a $1.0 billion (7.86 percent) increase over the base budget. The budget increases General Revenue by $1.0 billion (9.57 percent) for a total General Revenue allocation of $10.6 billion and provides an increase of $100.7 million (19.0 percent) for a total trust fund allocation of $3.1 billion.
Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
• $404.9 million, a decrease of $8.4 (2 percent) million due to an expected decline in enrollment of 3,300 students
• Base student allocations maintained at 2012-13 levels of:
o $2,383 for the school year program
o $2,026 for the summer program
Early Learning Services – School Readiness
• $595.3 million total funding, provides the same amount of funding for the School Readiness Program as provided in 2012-13.
• $18.3 billion total funding, an increase of $1.0 billion from base budget
• Per student funding is $6,781.61, or $394.86 (6.18 percent) increase from the 2012-13
3rd FEFP calculation
o Florida Retirement System Normal Costs of $1.1 million
o Florida Retirement System Unfunded Actuarial Liability Contribution of $296.9 million
o School Recognition increase from $100 per student to $125
o Teachers Lead Allocation increase from $200 per teacher to $250
o Sparsity Supplement increase of $10 million
o Enhancement funding of $676.4 million
Educational Media and Technology
• The Educational Media and Technology Budget Entity proposes total funding of $10 million, an increase of $3.2 million or 47% from base budget
• Restored non-recurring funding of $1,000,000 plus an additional workload of
$845,000 for the Capital Technical Center to continue hardware/mechanical updates.
• Provides $800,000 to WFSU for lease renewal and maintenance of satellite transponder
• Added New Program:
o Federal Equipment Matching Grants of $307,093
• The K-12 Program Federal Grants Budget Entity proposes total funding of $1.77 billion, a decrease in budget authority of $27.3 million or 1.52% from base budget
• The Office of Early Learning Budget Entity proposes total funding of $1.0 billion, a decrease of $8.4 million or 0.83% from base budget due to the expired ARRA federal funding grant
• The State Board of Education Budget Entity proposes total funding of $201.1 million, an increase of $1.0 million or 0.52% from base budget in trust fund budget authority
The higher education budget totals $4.6 billion – a $509 million (12 percent) increase from FY 2012-13 when tuition is not included. This includes a 15 percent ($451 million) increase in general revenue funds and a 7 percent ($58 million) increase from the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The budget also includes a 6 percent base tuition increase authority for Workforce, Florida’s College and State Universities. With tuition revenues, the State University System realizes a total budget increase of 17 percent and the Florida College System budget realizes a total budget increase of 5 percent.
State universities have authority in s. 1009.24(16)(b)3., F.S., for a tuition differential fee, which, when combined with base tuition, may not exceed 15 percent over the prior year, or exceed the national average. For Fiscal Year 2013-14, state universities may charge a tuition differential fee of 9 percent in addition to the 6 percent base increase. However, revenues anticipated from the 9 percent differential are not included in the proposed budget totals due to uncertainty about the ability of the institutions to receive BOG approval of the increase.
The proposed budget includes funding for 1,278.75 authorized positions. Highlights:
• Increases state funding for the State University System by $200 million from the 2012-13 fiscal year; with tuition revenues generated by the 6 percent base tuition increase and other tuition adjustments the State University System realizes a total budget increase of 17%. The authorized tuition increases generate $37 million for the State University System.
o Includes increased state funding of $65 million in additional performance funding and a total of $42.5 million for preeminent universities.
• Increases state funding for the Florida College System by 3.3 percent from the 2012-2013 fiscal year. With tuition revenues generated by the 6 percent tuition increase, the Florida College System budget realizes a total budget increase of 4.5 percent. The authorized tuition increase generates $52.8 million for the Florida College System.
• Authorizes a 6 percent tuition increase for Workforce Education programs, which generates an additional $3.0 million for Workforce Education.