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Pinellas County Schools getting $37 million more in 2013/14

The Pinellas County School District is getting about $37 million more in state funding this year, including about $18 million set aside for raises for teacher and school-based administrators.

That's an increase of about $402 per student, bringing the per student allocation for the coming school year up to $6,723. The state added just more than $1 billion to the state education budget this year, with about 28 percent of that going to workers' retirement. 

The School Board got an update about its budget at its work session today. 

The school district also will have control over a share of its Title I funding that had been earmarked previously for private tutoring services, known as supplemental education services. The district can still use the money for tutoring, but is no longer required to. 

There still are some unknowns about the district's budget for the coming year. Property tax values are expected to go up, but that won't be known until the summer. There are questions, too, about how pay raises will be distributed for teachers and school-based administrators. (And whether teachers at charter schools will be given a cut of the money.)

It also should be noted that the per student funding in the 2013/14 school year is still lower than funding levels in 2007, when it was $7,396.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:46am]


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