A turbulent session for education

When it came to K-12 education, the Florida Legislature this session giveth, and it taketh away.

Lawmakers went into overtime Monday to pass two major pieces of legislation that, if they survive Gov. Rick Scott’s veto pen, will have enormous impact on public schools.

The most immediate will be the 2017-18 budget, which decreases the state’s per pupil spending by $27 from last year’s base student allocation (from $4,161 to $4,134) — the only source of flexible funding school districts receive. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents says that is the first time since the Great Recession that the base student allocation has been cut. In contrast, the governor in the budget plan he submitted to the Legislature proposed boosting spending by $141 per student.

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