According to FADDS, the education budget is out. The State base per student funding decreases by $27 per student. This base funding amounts to about one half of the operating funds for schools. The remainder comes from local property taxes. Increases in funding from property taxes covers expected growth in student enrollment and higher rates for the Florida Retirement System. What is left, about $5.32 per student, may not even cover increases in health care and other costs.
Categorical funds for things like transportation, Safe Schools, exceptional students, supplemental instruction, and instructional materials, all remain below 2010 funding.
This budget is much lower than either the Senate budget or the budget offered by Governor Scott. He is rumored to be considering a veto for this budget. Perhaps we should encourage Governor Scott to be resolute.