As the legislative session approaches the midway point, education will take a prominent place in the Florida Legislature this week amid budget talk.
The Florida House has announced its budget proposal; now it’s the Senate’s turn. Senate President Mike Haridopolos has scheduled a series of budget subcommittee meetings as the chamber tries to craft a spending plan.
The House’s $69.2-billion budget boosts public school funding by more than $1-billion. It increases spending per student by about $141. It also hikes college tuition by 8 percent.
Beyond the budget, a number of education bills will be considered this week. Charter schools will get more opportunities for expansion under a bill before the Senate Education Pre-K –12 Committee. It authorizes Florida College System institutions that offer an approved teacher preparation program to operate one K-12 charter school.