Fund Student-Centered Priorities

K-12 Education Budget, House Bill 5001 and House Bill 5003SIGNED 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.