Tallahassee, FL — Friday, June 9, 2017 — The Florida House passed their K-12 spending bill, with a vote of 107-6, this morning. The $11.7 billion education bill meets Governor Scott’s request to add $215 million to the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) – that’s $100 per student increase over the next school year.
Earlier this week, the Senate had voted to override Governor Scott’s veto of the education budget. There was also an attempt to defund HB7069, a major education bill that supports equitable capital funding and other pro-student, pro-teacher and parental choice initiatives. That effort failed. By day three of the three-day special session, Senators moved to adopt the House’s K-12 schools budget, HB 3A, for 2017-2018 by a 31-4 vote.
“This is a victory for all public school students and teachers across the state,” says Lynn Norman-Teck, Executive Director, FCSA. “We want to thank the legislators who fought for students, teachers, and parents.”
The FCSA advocacy team worked diligently to communicate the needs of our schools and students to legislators throughout the regular session and special session. A special thank you goes out to Ralph Arza whose tireless advocacy on behalf of our member schools and the children they serve paid off.
We also want to thank …
Senate President Negron, Senator Flores, Senator Latvala, Representative Bileca,
Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., Representative Latvala, and House Speaker Corcoran for supporting Florida’s families and schools.