The figure represents a $23 million increase over last year’s allocation. But it falls short of the $100 million proposed by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House.
“We’re a bit disappointed that they couldn’t get to the number Gov. Scott and [House Appropriations] Chair [Seth] McKeel wanted,” said Larry Williams, who represents the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools. “But overall, we’re very pleased that the legislature worked to get specific capital outlay dollars to charter schools.”
The one-time allocation will come out of the Public Education Capital Outlay fund. PECO dollars are generated from the state’s Gross Receipts Tax on cable, electric and land-line telephones bills.