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Focusing on the core functions of education provides an increase to key program areas

 

K-12 Education is a top priority. This budget provides an additional $1 billion in state funding for K-12 public schools. This will result in $9.5 billion of state funds, the 3rd highest ever, for the school funding formula. 

 
"Success in life is directly tied to education. Effective teachers deserve our respect and thanks."
- Governor Rick Scott 
  • Provides total funding for the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), the main K-12 school funding formula, of $17.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2012-2013, by providing $1.02 billion in state funds while maintaining property tax rates at the current year level

    • This level of funding is an increase in per student funding of $141.64 or 2.27% to $6,372.04 per student
    • Doubles the funding for school district reading initiatives by targeting nearly $200 million to reading programs supported by the latest scientific research on reading instruction
    • Restores the reward amount for the School Recognition Program to $100 per student to schools that improve a letter grade or maintain an "A"
  • Provides additional funding for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program by $7.7 million to provide for an additional 3,046 4-year old students
The budget also largely maintains funding for State Universities, State Colleges and School District Workforce Programs and therefore should minimize any need for tuition increases at public higher education institutions.
 
 

Ten Year Funding History 
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INTRODUCTIONSTEP 1
ACCOUNTABILITY BUDGETING
STEP 2
REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING
STEP 3
REGULATORY REFORM
STEP 4
FOCUS ON JOB GROWTH AND RETENTION
STEP 5
WORLD CLASS EDUCATION
STEP 6
REDUCE TAXES
STEP 7
PHASE OUT FLORIDA'S CORPORATE INCOME TAX
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