The report card from the Education Week newspaper, which was provided in advance to the Tampa Bay Times and other news outlets, is another recent sign that Florida’s education star may be dimming.
On the academic achievement portion of the report, Florida dropped from No. 6 to No. 12.
On the finance portion, it stumbled from No. 31 to No. 39.
The latter rankings are based on 2009 figures, so they’re likely to get worse in future reports. The Legislature cut another $1.3 billion from schools last year.
“It’s not all about money, but at some point, it does take money to run a school system and a high quality one,” said Colleen Wood, founder of 50th No More, a state group dedicated to increased education spending.
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