Senate Increases Cuts to Schools

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 22, 2011 2:03pm --

Budget writers in the Senate increased the amount they want to cut from Pre-K-12 funding to 6.57 percent, a drop of $447.25 in per-student from the current year’s budget. Senate budget writers had previously suggested a slimmer cut of 2.28 percent, or $155.67 per student. Education budget chairman Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood, said the difference is due to $739 million in expected required contributions by teachers and other school administrators and employees to their pensions. Because Florida Retirement System contributions were used in calculating the per-student funding amount in previous years, the per-student spending has been adjusted to reflect a decrease in state spending towards employee retirement. But Simmons acknowledged that the $739 million figure was not firm, and could be adjusted as proposals to require employee contributions to FRS make their way through the Legislature. The Senate education budget brings them much closer in line with the House of Representatives, which is considering a per-student cut of 7.7 percent, or a drop of $524.50 per student. Gov. Rick Scott had suggested an even more austere 10 percent cut to per-student funding. The Senate expects to pass a Pre-K-12 Education budget on Thursday, while the House of Representatives also moves toward finalizing its schools budget with an appropriations meeting on Tuesday.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    The class size amendment legislation needs to be changed to offer more flexibility to the school system. As we all remember, there is always a few teachers in each grade level that for whatever reason has the ability to teach children better than the others. Also, we need to stop spending tremendous amounts of funding on bricks and mortar. I would like my large local property tax bill to be spent on educating the students not fancy buildings. The citizens of Tall. would be amazed how much money we are spending on buildings not to mention after school programs. I went to school when we had to open the window to cool the classroom and there was certainly no such thing as landscaping. The students who went to college and achieved advanced degrees were the ones who respectfully paid attention in class, did their homework and prepared for tests and if I didn't I was disciplined at home with no phone, television or other privileges. State funding is NOT the problem with our school system and we are now at the point where citizens realize this situatuion.
  • by ed cuts, tax cuts for rich ? Location: stoopid gov on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    are you kidding me ?
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    What is the point to your rambling amazed?????
  • by AMAZED Location: CRAWFORDVILLE on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    IF YOU HAVE EVER WORKED IN A SCHOOL SYSTEM YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE MONEY THAT IS GIVEN FROM THE STATE HAS BEEN LIMITED ON WHAT CAN BE SPENT ON SALARIES, AND NON EDUCATIONAL ITEMS. THE MAJOR PART OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL FUNDS COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOV. IN GRANTS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR AND YOU ARE AUDITED ALMOST EVERY YEAR. THE LEGISLATURE AND SENATE HAVE SO CALLED EDUCATED PEOPLE MAKING DECISIONS BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A CLASSROOM FOR MORE THAT TEN MINUTES TO VISIT. THEY HAVE NOT WALKED IN THE TEACHER, PRINCIPAL, SECRETARY, FOOD SERVICE, BUS DRIVER, ASSISTANCE, OR MAINTENANCE WORKERS SHOES. IT TAKES A WHOLE WORKING TEAM TO EDUCATED YOUR CHILDREN. EACH OF THE ABOVE PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN EDUCATING ALL THE CHILDREN. FROM THE LOW LEVEL TO THE HIGHEST. I BET IF OUR ESTEEMED LAW MAKERS WERE GIVEN THE F-CAT THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF PASSAGE WOULD BE LESS THAT 40 PERCENT. AND GOD HELP US THEY ARE SETTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THAT EDUCATES YOUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. PEOPLE BETTER GET READY TO FACE A FUTURE OF HAVING TO FIGHT FOR THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION.
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    The man that most consider the smartest man in the world stated, "If you keep getting failures doing the same thing then by all means DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!" The Dept of Ed budget in 1980 (first year and was established to improve education) was 14 billion ..........this year the budget is 69.9 Billion. More money is not working so let's try something new.
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      by Noni on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:09 AM in reply to tom
      I wonder what the total students were in 1980 compared to 2011. It actually could be decreasing the entire time....some time you have to factor more into an equation than the end result!
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        by tom on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM in reply to Noni
        very good point and had trouble finding the exact answer but it appears about 50 million in 1970 and just about exactly 50 million now....however right now the U.S. was also cited as having the poorest outcome per dollar spent on education, meaning we spend the most money and get below average results......money again seems not to be the answer.
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    To Tia.....I was waiting for the usual liberal spin you would put on my statement, and you must have agreed on the rest. Special needs children do deserve an education but you are kidding yourself if you think these children can ever excel to exceptional levels. WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT SPENDS MORE ON SPECIAL NEEDS THAN GIFTED AND OUR SYSTEM IS FAILING AND RANKED LOWLY. Spend more on the gifted who can discover the next energy breakthrough, the next great vaccine, the next great computer. The special needs should be taught basic math and English to the best of their abilities but their God given abilities are just less than most. Not being mean spirited but just realistic. Why is our system failing compared to most......we spend more on special needs and less on gifted......and concerned parent teach your own children and remember money spent is through the roof and quality is through the floor so money must not be the answer. Let us try something different then.
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      by Lip Cheese on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:52 PM in reply to tom
      Good point!!
  • by tia Location: tallahassee on Mar 22, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    To Tom: Your post sounds like you are one of those special need kids from back in the day. Are you saying that those kids don't deserve or need to be educated? To Dog: Are your puppies I meant to type kids taken care of concerning education? Moron......
  • by concernparent on Mar 22, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    How can parents teach their children that education is the most important aspect of life when Senate writers are constantly cutting education. What will cuts in Education do for our children and the parents who cannot afford private school or make just a little too much money to qualify for scholarship programs?
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 22, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Good and cut it some more. Tired of everyone stating they are doing it for the kids. BULL. The administration and pencil pushers are eating up the budgets and the performance of students keeps going down. We force students to go to school and spend BILLIONS on these students. How about quit forcing kids to go to school and spend the money on the ones who want to learn and want to be there. Budget could go down and scores would go up. CUT THE BUDGET SOME MORE. GET RID OF THE BLOATED SCHOOL BUDGETS AND THEIR 100,000 DOLLAR A YEAR PRINCIPALS. The US is the only country that spends more on special needs children and less on gifted children. wake up
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Take care of your own kids or don't have them.
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