Florida 2012 Education Funding Increase Fifth-Largest In Nation
Florida had the fifth-largest increase in per-student school funding this year, according to a new ranking from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Florida added $1 billion in additional K-12 funding in the current budget, moving the state to the middle of the pack for percentage of education funding cut since 2008.
Last year Florida had the sixth-highest cumulative education cuts among all states since the Great Recession began.
However, Florida still spends $296 less per student — adjusted for inflation — than before the Great Recession began in 2008.
Florida lawmakers are not expected to face a budget shortfall this year, according to a new revenue projection, which means schools could avoid further cuts in the next state budget.