School spending would go up by nearly 400 dollars per student under an education budget proposed by Governor Crist.
Overall spending for prekindergarten, public schools, community
colleges and universities would increase by 186 million dollars for
a total of 33-point-5 billion in the budget year beginning July
Per-student spending would go up 394 dollars to about 76-hundred
That's a five-point-five percent increase over last year's
Crist's proposal includes 120 million dollars for the state's
teacher merit pay program.
The Legislature actually writes the budget, working from the
governor's suggestion. The total spending plan for the year is
expected to be around 70 billion dollars.