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Senate issues its budget plan with differences from House



The Florida Senate outlined its budget and spending overview on Friday, just a few hours after the House released its plan. Like the House, Senate president Don Gaetz stressed education as a key priority in his press release. But the Senate proposal differs from the House in some key areas.

The Senate, for instance, sets aside $480 million for increased teacher pay, compared to nearly $675 million for raises in the House. The Senate also adds more money for high school industry certification programs that is not contemplated in the House version. And it does not call for a tuition increase as recommended by the House.

See the proposed Senate education appropriations bill here.

A Senate summary of its proposal follows:

Public Schools/K12 FEFP – $1.2 billion Increase (State and Local)
             o   Instructional Personnel Salary Increase – $480 million   
             o   Enrollment Workload Increase – $123.9 million
             o   Additional Funds for Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $296.9 million GR
             o   Education Technology Modernization Initiative – $75 million
             o   High School Industry Certifications – additional $30 million
             o   Discretionary Millage Compression Adjustment – additional $30 million
             o   Teachers Lead Program – additional $14 million – $250 per teacher for supplies
Florida College System
             o   Equalization Funding - $33 million GR
             o   Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $27.7 million GR
             o   Developmental Education – $18 million GR
             o   Performance Funding for Industry Certifications – $7 million GR
State University System
              o   Return Universities to Prior Year Funding Levels - $300 million
              o   Florida Retirement System Adjustments - $71.9 million GR
              o   Performance Funding for High Demand Programs - $45 million GR
              o   University Research Preeminence - $30 million GR
Other Education
              o   Florida Resident Access Grant - Workload Increase and Student Award Level
                    Increase for Legacy Institutions -  additional $10.7 million
              o   Bright Futures - Student Award Level Increase (10%) - additional $30 million TF

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 3:07pm]


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