Florida Invests $1 Billion in K-12 Education
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Governor Scott Signs State Budget With More Funding for Education
Tallahassee, Florida – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s state budget, investing an additional billion dollars in K-12 education. The state spending plan includes more funds for Florida’s School Recognition Program, which provides financial rewards to schools that improve student learning. The budget also renews Florida’s commitment to reading by providing funding for an additional hour per day of intensive reading instruction for students in the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools, an expansion of Summer Reading Camps for any K-5 student who is having reading difficulties, and an emphasis on K-5 reading intervention services provided by reading intervention teachers.
“Equipping students with a high quality education is crucial for the future of our students and our state,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “Florida’s budget reflects our state’s commitment to funding students’ success. I thank Governor Scott, President Haridopolos, Speaker Cannon and Florida lawmakers for keeping education a priority. I look forward to members of the Florida Legislature building on these advancements to further improve education and student achievement in the years to come.”