Florida Education Gets a Boost in State Budget

The Florida Education Association is supporting the Senate version of the budget, which boosts spending by nearly 11 percent over last year.

FEA President Andy Ford says it’s a chance to make up for years of under-funding.

Andy says, “Florida lags behind almost every other state in every funding category that we can look at. And we have to compete with other states to be able to hire the sufficient number of teachers that we need, and we desperately need them to the tune of over 32,000 teachers this year.

The House version of the budget increases education spending by about 8.6 percent. The teacher’s union also disagrees with a proposal by the governor and House to tie teacher bonuses to FCAT scores.