Schools bear brunt of fiscal pain
Schools are carrying the bulk of the nearly $1-billion in spending cuts Florida lawmakers will make this week to balance the budget, including a $14-million cut to Pinellas schools and a $26-million cut to Hillsborough schools, according to details released Tuesday.
Meeting on the second day of a two-week special session to cut the state budget by $2.3-billion, lawmakers said they are trying to shield classrooms from the deepest cuts. The proposed trims amount to $465-million, including a 2 percent reduction in the state's base budget of $3,886 per pupil, or $85.42.
It will be up to Florida's 67 school districts to determine which programs to scale back to implement the cuts between now and June 30. (more here)