Tampa Bay's school budget cuts
Florida's new state budget spends $18.4-billion in K-12 public education, a decrease of $332-million or 1.8-percent less than the current year. That's a per-pupil decline of $130.85 over the current budget.
Here's what the numbers look like for Tampa Bay-area districts: Pinellas will take the hardest hit, with a $27.7-million reduction, or 3.6 percent, due in large part to the county's declining student enrollment. Hillsborough will take a $10.3-million reduction (0.8 per cent), while fast-growing Pasco gets an increase of $2.7-million (0.6 per cent). Hernando takes a $212,000 loss, or a decline of 0.1 percent). Pasco is one of 10 districts out of 67 that gets more money next year, despite the bleak condition of state finances.