DELRAY BEACH (Palm Beach Post
) -- Gov. Rick Scott this morning told a crowd of third, fourth and fifth graders at S.D. Spady Elementary that he was recommending what he called a “historically” high education budget
that included a $542 million increase in state funding.
All told, Scott said, his combined $18.84 billion recommended state and local education budget for next school year would include $10.6 billion from the state for K-12 public schools.
While Scott mentioned a few specific earmarks such as $8.4 million for principal training and $5 million to train teachers on new state standards, the governor said local school districts would get to determine how most of the increased money is spent.
“Why are we doing this? So you guys can get jobs,” Scott told the dozens of students.
Vern Pickup Crawford, the school district’s lobbyist, said the district expects the governor to release a more detailed breakdown of his education budget Wednesday so they can get a better look at exactly what money they might receive. Superintendent Wayne Gent said he is hoping some of the increased state money could be used for one of the district’s biggest needs, capital funding for school maintenance and construction.
Scott said his recommended $18.84 billion was the highest combined state and local funding for education ever in Florida.