The Florida House unveils its Recommended Education Budget

Kathleen McGregory
Tampa Bay Times
March 17, 2015

It's that time of the year when the budget committees roll out their proposals.

Among the first to debut: the Florida House's recommended $21.1 billion education budget.

The overall figure represents a $708 million -- or 3.5 percent -- increase over last year’s spending on public schools.

"Education state funding exceeds any previous year," Fresen pointed out Monday.

The House wants to spend roughly $7,130 per student -- an increase of $215, or 3.1 percent, over the current spending level.

That figure would fall short of Gov. Rick Scott's goal: $7,176 for 2015-16.

But it would still top the high watermark set in 2007-08 by about $4 (not accounting for inflation).

Fresen called the number "historic."

The House proposal also includes $80 million for classroom technology.


Among the other highlights:

The State University System would see an additional $157 million, plus $100 million for performance funding and $10 million for the state's two preeminent universities: Florida State and the University of Florida.

The Florida College System would see its budget increase by $28.6 million.

And the overall funding for Voluntary Pre-K would stay the same, despite a projected dip in enrollment



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