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Florida’s schools to carry brunt of Special Session budget cuts

From the St. Pete Times:

Schools are carrying the bulk of the nearly $1-billion in spending cuts Florida lawmakers will make this week to balance the budget […].

Meeting on the second day of a two-week special session to cut the state budget by $2.3-billion, lawmakers said they are trying to shield classrooms from the deepest cuts. The proposed trims amount to $465-million, including a 2 percent reduction in the state’s base budget of $3,886 per pupil, or $85.42.

It will be up to Florida’s 67 school districts to determine which programs to scale back to implement the cuts between now and June 30.

School spending that legislators consider nonclassroom related will face deeper cuts of about 4 to 6 percent. Among them: school transportation, instructional materials and virtual school enrollment. Legislators also plan to consolidate prekindergarten classrooms to accommodate more children and offer fewer summer sessions for preschoolers.

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  1. gatorblue says:

    Isn’t it great? Let’s just cut education all together. What an idea. (Of course, I’d better be quiet–someone might think it’s a great idea.)

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