The House, the Senate and Governor Scott all agree that public school funding should increase. However, the House and Senate have conflicting ideas on how to do that. Can they come to an agreement by Friday when the three-day special session ends?
Here’s a brief recap of what’s happened so far:
Tomorrow, both the House and Senate will vote on their K-12 education budget proposals. The House proposes increasing funding by $100 per student. “If the Senate rejects the House’s proposal, they are will deny a more than $200 million increase for all public school students, and keep the state budget in limbo,” explains Ralph Arza, Director of Governmental Affairs at FCSA.
What about HB 7069?
No changes have been made to HB7069 funding. In fact, a Senate amendment to defund HB7069 failed, 15-20 today. This significant education bill is not on the Governor’s desk yet, however, school choice and student advocates feel positive about its future. “Our sources say that Governor Scott is leaning towards signing HB 7069 – that bill would provide much-needed bonus dollars to teachers, increase the Gardiner scholarship, help alternative schools, and bring equity to student funding,” says Arza, whose been in the state Capitol throughout this legislative session and special session, representing charter schools and the families they serve.
Take Action: Contact your Senator and ask him/her to support the House education funding proposal.