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School spending headed in one direction: South

by John Kennedy | March 22nd, 2011

House Democrats doing the math on the public school budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by ruling Republicans released a short list of  “lowlights.”

Per-pupil spending would decline $473 next fall — to $6,327; the lowest level since 2005-06, Democrats said. Overall spending on schools also would drop $1.1 billion, under the House plan, advanced by the PreK-12 budget subcommittee.

The House’s almost 7 percent per-student cut emerged  just a day after the Senate unveiled its own proposal which includes a 6.5 percent reduction. With Gov. Rick Scott having earlier recommended a 10 percent cut, the direction classroom spending is headed is becoming pretty clear even in this early stage of budget work.

Lawmakers managed to stave-off deeper school cuts the past three years, with the help of billions of dollars in stimulus cash from Washington. Last year, alone, $2.5 billion poured into the state treasury — money that has now dried up, leaving a gaping hole.

House Republicans countered, saying Pre-K spending still commands the most state cash in an otherwise lousy year.

““The depth of the budget shortfall is tremendous and every area is likely to see cuts,” said Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera,  R-Miami. “The House budget prioritizes education, with K-12 education receiving the greatest percentage of the general revenue allocation.”

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6 Responses to “School spending headed in one direction: South”

  1. Bill Neubauer Says:

    Too much of school quality is expressed in money terms. Let’s hope that new board members and the interim superintendent will SAVE ALL TEACHERS. Johnson had padded his empire with loads of non-teaching staff. That’s where the money cuts should start–and end. Guidance counselors, public spokesmen, curriculum coordinators, on and on. KEEP ALL TEACHERS! The classroom is where the education takes place.

  2. ric Says:

    It seems popular in the media to describe a financial decline as “going south.” If going south is so bad, why are so many people coming here? If you want to use a geographical reference to describe a decline, say that it went to Detroit, Chicago,New York, or say that it went to New York on 9/11.

    As the saying goes, ‘If your heart ain’t in Dixie, get your @$$ out.”

  3. floridian Says:

    Balaning the budget on the backs of children and teachers. Republicans must be so proud.

  4. Tito Says:

    Breaking so many teachers heart and dreams. You have to be so special to be a teacher, you guys get the future generation ready, but always something is pulling you down. Keep the teachers and start some where else. And no I’m not a teacher, but I do have kids and nephews.

  5. Educator Says:

    Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the little bastards who don’t want to attend school and learn something. The ghetto gangstas would rather sell dope on the street corner and pretend that they will become the next king of rap. Put them in juvie hall at an early age then move them off to prison.

    You can’t change a culture.

  6. The slient ones Says:

    Save teachers and paraprofessionals jobs in FLORIDA. What is this world coming too?

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