Florida Senate PreK-12 Appopriations chair proposes increases in prekindergarten, per-student funding

By: Jeffrey Solochek
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: April 19, 2017
Categories: Legislative

Early Learning Stakeholders Applaud Governor’s KEEP FLORIDA WORKING Budget

By: Office of Early Learning
Date: June 23, 2015
Today, Florida early learning stakeholders applauded Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget and its support for early child education and care.
Categories: Legislative

The Florida House unveils its Recommended Education Budget

By: Kathleen McGregory
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: 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. (You can find Chairman Erik Fresen’s proposal here.) 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).
Categories: Legislative

Early Learning Supporters Seek Attention and Funds

By: Margie Menzel
Source: Pensacola Today
Date: February 17, 2015
TALLAHASSEE — Providers of Florida’s early-education programs have joined forces with children’s advocates to “speak with one voice” at the state Capitol in an effort to get lawmakers to see the value of their programs — and, ultimately, to fund them better In Tallahassee last week for a series of meetings with legislative leaders, a group — led by former Republican state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff — pitched its agenda for the upcoming session, including higher health and safety standards for providers, better training for teachers and new money to cut the waiting list of 63,000 children for slots in the school-readiness program, which provides subsidized child care to low-income working families.
Categories: Legislative


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