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Gov. Rick Scott to announce education budget request today



Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office sent out an alert on Sunday that Scott would make "an historic education budget announcement" at 10 a.m. Monday.

The Associated Press is reporting that the governor's plan -- a request for $542 million more in education funding -- falls short of the increase he called for a year ago:

Last year Scott wanted a $1.2 billion increase that included enough money to grant teachers a $2,500 pay raise. Teachers wound up getting raises, although not all of them got the exact amount promised by the governor.

But the Scott administration maintains that this year's funding request is enough to boost overall public school funding to "historic" levels of nearly $19 billion. That total includes both local and state tax money.

"We need to provide the tools, training and funding to give our students the best chance for success, " Scott said in a statement.

Read the rest of the story here. And remember, the governor's budget proposals are but the first step in a negotiation with the Legislature, which makes the state spending plan.

Scott is scheduled to make his speech at Spady Elementary School in Delray Beach this morning.

[Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 9:52am]


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