Rick Scott Proposes Record High Education Funding

Career College Central summary:

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott continued unveiling parts of his proposed budget, focusing on education on Monday morning. Scott announced his proposed budget would send $18.84 billion for K-12 public schools, $2 billion for state colleges and $3.59 billion for Florida’s state universities. All of these are the highest levels in state history.
  • “Building on the record K-12 education funding and teacher pay raises and classroom debit cards of last year, I am committing an historic $18.8 billion in total funding K-12 education,” Scott said. “We need to provide the tools, training and funding to give our students the best chance for success. And our commitment to education doesn’t stop at the K-12 level. We expect our students to get the best education at our state institutions of higher education that leads to a great job and career. That’s why I’m also investing record total funding for state colleges of $2 billion and $3.59 billion for Florida public universities. Our students deserve the best quality education, and this funding will help to ensure that every degree achieved is followed by a great career.”
  • Scott’s proposals are more than $540 million more than last year’s levels of K-12 funding and $40 million more for state colleges. The new proposal adds $40 million more to state universities.

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