Yesterday, meeting in a rare Sunday extended session, the House and Senate approved a state budget hammered out in conference committees over the last 10 days. Unfortunately, the portion of the budget devoted to K-12 education only provides for a 47 cent (.001%) increase in the Base Student Allocation, that portion of school funding from which districts may use flexibility to meet the needs of their students. In essence, the Legislature robbed Peter-the Base Student Allocation-to pay Paul-new school safety and mental health initiatives.
When Governor Scott submitted his initial budget proposal, he recommended a far higher increase ($152.45) to the Base Student Allocation. Florida PTA believes that the Governor was on the right track in his initial proposal. We call upon him to hold firm, VETO the FEFP, and send the Legislature back to work to adequately fund BOTH a high-quality education for our children AND safe schools.
Please email Governor Scott now, and tell him that you are counting on him to keep his promise to increase funding for K-12 education. Our children deserve more than 47 cents.