Putting Education Reform To The Test

Florida 2012 Education Funding Increase Fifth-Largest In Nation

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

After adding $1 billion to education funding this year, Florida has moved to the middle of the pack for state cuts to education since the start of the Great Recession in 2008.

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.

Read the report here.


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