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Senate: Increase K-12 spending by $1.179 billion



The Senate education allocation is out -– and it calls for a $1.179 billion increase to school spending.

The proposal sets per-student spending at $6,472, up $192 from the current year.

Sen. David Simmons, chair of the Senate PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee, called the figure an “excellent allocation.”

“It constitutes a commitment to the children and to the state of Florida,” he said.

Simmons pointed out that the Senate education allocation tops the House education proposal by about $130 million.

Details are limited at the moment, but here's what we know: Like the House, the Senate wants to give more money to reading programs. The Senate is not, however, planning to increase the award money given to schools for improving their letter grades. For now, at least.

Committee members will hash out the details over the next few days. Meetings are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:38am]


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