Saturday, August 18, 2018

Florida Board of Education to hold budget workshop

With schools' fiscal year a month under way, the Florida Board of Education is poised to begin reviewing its budget request for the next one.

Board members have scheduled a budget workshop for Wednesday, to follow on the heels of what appears to be a light action agenda.

Not much backup material for the discussion appears on the Department of Education website. But the conversation could be a lively one amid mounting statewide complaints that districts do not have enough money to do what the state mandates, such as adding security, while also meeting other local needs, such as improving employee pay and maintaining academic programs.

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents already has submitted an outline of its comments to the board.  In it, the organization makes clear its stance that "school safety and funding are the major issues" for 2019.

In past years, the Board of Education has made legislative budget requests closer to those of Gov. Rick Scott than what lawmakers ultimately have approved. See the department's past legislative budget requests here.

The board is comprised solely of Scott appointees, including two who were not members a year ago when the panel last discussed its budget priorities.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Renaissance Orlando Airport hotel, in Vienna B. It includes a time for public input. For those who can't attend, it also will be broadcast on The Florida Channel.

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