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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2006 (850) 245-0413
CRIST/KOTTCAMP 2007-2008 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS
FUND EDUCATION AT RECORD LEVELS
TALLAHASSEE — Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp today announced the 2007-08 education budget recommendations to fund Florida’s public schools at record levels. The budget recommendation of $33 billion is a $1.3 billion increase over the current year to ensure
The Crist/Kottcamp budget recommendations include:
Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) Funding — For the FEFP an increase of more than 7 percent, for a total of $19.4 billion. The recommendations include increasing per pupil spending to $7,341, an increase of more than 7 percent compared to the current funding.
Class Size — To ensure compliance with the Constitutional Amendment approved by voters in 2002, Governor Crist recommends $3.8 billion to reduce class size. This includes a 29-percent increase providing $2.7 billion in operating funds. In addition, there is $1.1 billion provided for fixed capital outlay. To date, this will be the largest appropriation for class size.
Pay for Performance Plan — The funding request for the school district performance pay plans that recognize and reward outstanding teachers is $295 million, a 100 percent increase. Governor Crist recommends increasing the amount rewarded to high-performing teachers from 5 to 10 percent.
Virtual Tutoring – The budget recommendations include a $10 million proposal for an online, virtual tutoring program. “Pathways to Success” will be available to all of
Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) — The VPK program is helping
Reading Initiatives — Reading instruction is critical to ensuring that students succeed in all subjects. To expand reading instruction in
Community College and Workforce Education Program —
Student Financial Aid — The budget recommendations include $372 million for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program that rewards high school students for academic achievement. This is a $25.7 million increase – expanding opportunities for an estimated 159,301students.
State University Funding —
“This robust budget will continue to serve
For more information about Governor Crist’s budget recommendations, visit www.myflorida.com.