Florida Lawmakers Closing In On School Funding Agreement
Florida lawmakers are getting closer to a budget deal that will add more money for schools.
Florida schools would get $207 more per student if the Florida House agrees to a Senate education budget, or $7,097 per pupil.
That’s not as much as the $7,167 per student Gov. Rick Scott wanted -- and promised on the campaign trail last year. But it’s still an increase -- even with state schools adding 15,000 more students next year.
The House and the Senate still have several education-related items to work out.
The House wants to offer incentives to districts which require school uniforms -- and the Senate may agree.
The Senate also wants to expand a voucher program for students with disabilities. Students could use the money for tuition, tutors, therapy or other educational expenses.
And the Senate wants to limit the number of four-year degrees offered by state community colleges.
Lawmakers are in the second week of a 20-day special session to finish the state budget. The new budget year begins July 1.