Last night at 8:35pm Tallahassee time the House and Senate agreed to a compromise budget for FY 2014-15. While the budget has lots of good points one particular issue is worrying. This issue is that the funding for Pre K-12 education is lower in the conference report than in both the initial House and Senate budgets.
The final Pre K -12 numbers are above Governor Scott’s recommendation but below that of each chambers individual budgets that were passed four weeks ago. The final budget is $32 million above the Governor’s plan, $154 million below the initial House passed budget and $48 million below the Senate’s blueprint.
Despite increasing revenues this year, the compromise budget did not meet initial targets in Pre K -12 numbers. However, in several other areas the final budget is quite generous. Despite this, the reduction in Pre K-12 funding is disappointing from where we sit.