Despite Continued Fiscal Woes, Florida Dodges K-12 Budget Cut
Lawmakers Use Federal Stimulus Aid as Budget Lifeline
Despite fears that school funding would be cut amid a continued fiscal squeeze, the $66.5 billion budget approved by Florida lawmakers this month for fiscal 2010 keeps overall K-12 spending at roughly the current level, with extra aid from the federal stimulus package playing a big role.
But some education advocates were quick to note that the budget still represents a decline in education spending from two years ago. And even as districts, on average, get a small increase in per-pupil funding, one high-profile program, the Florida Virtual School, will see a cut of about 10 percent in its per- pupil allocation.
Even so, Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, praised the work of the two legislative chambers, which are...
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