Fund Student-Centered Priorities
K-12 Education Budget, House Bill 5001 and House Bill 5003 – SIGNED INTO LAW
The Legislature this year renewed its commitment to funding policies that work and approved $20.2 billion for K-12 education under the leadership of Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Chair Don Gaetz, House Appropriations Chair Richard Corcoran and House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Erik Fresen.2016-17 Budget Highlights:
- School Recognition
- Protected at $134 million, or $100/student.
- Funds rewards for schools for maintaining an “A” grade or increasing a letter grade.
- College Board Partnership
- Protected at $4 million
- Funds used for professional development of Advanced Placement teachers at low-performing schools.
- Gardiner Scholarships
- Increased from $55 million to $71.2 million. And is now recurring.
- Expanded access for students and services included.
- Educator Liability Insurance Protection
- Protected at $1.2 million.
- Ensures all full-time teachers receive $2 million in liability coverage at no cost.
- Educational Technology
- Increased the investment in educational technology from $60 million to $80 million.
- Funds used to address school technology needs, including upgrading infrastructure, purchasing digital devices, providing professional development, and more.
- Prioritizes the purchase of devices that are needed to administer the statewide assessment to an entire grade at the same time.
- Charter School Capital Outlay
- Increased from $50 million to $75 million (changes funding formula).
- Funds used to pay for new construction, renovations, repairs or lease payments.
- Virtual Education Contribution
- Protected at $5,230 per student.
- Creates funding parity between virtual providers and school districts when calculating funding at 1.0 FTE.