Florida educators and students got some good news today. Governor Rick Scott announced on January 27 an increase in funding for education. Funding includes total operating funds of $18.84 billion for K-12 public schools, $2 billion for state colleges and $3.59 billion for Florida public universities. This is the largest investment in public education in Florida history, according to a release by the Office of Governor Rick Scott on January 27.
In the release, Scott was quoted as saying, “Building on the record K-12 education funding and teacher pay raises and classroom debit cards of last year, I am committing an historic $18.8 billion in total funding K-12 education. We need to provide the tools, training and funding to give our students the best chance for success,” said Scott.
Also from the release Scott is quoted as saying, “And our commitment to education doesn’t stop at the K-12 level. We expect our students to get the best education at our state institutions of higher education that leads to a great job and career,” said Scott.