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Florida House pushes ahead its education budget plan

Published Mar. 27, 2013

Florida House education appropriations chairman Erik Fresen won bipartisan support Wednesday for his proposed $20.2 billion spending proposal, but not without objections from supporters of the Florida Virtual School.

FLVS backers took issue with a recommendation to change the funding formula so that the school, which previously had little competition for its resources, stood to lose up to $35 million. Online educators from out-of-state meanwhile would be able to access per-student funding.

Fresen's plan also calls for increasing the amounts for per-student funding, classroom supplies and school recognition awards. It designates $676 million for "optional district salary increases," but does not go so far as Gov. Rick Scott's call for across-the-board teacher raises of $2,500 each. The next step is to the full appropriations committee before negotiations with the Senate.

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