Education funding proposals unveiled by the Senate Wednesday are closer to what Gov. Rick Scott’s budget had in mind than plans put forward by the House.
The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s per-student funding would grow by $175.02, or 2.58 percent. Scott’s offer was slightly smaller, at an increase of $168.59 per-student, or 2.49 percent.
The first draft of House education spending plans bumps up spending by $207.98 per student, or 3.07 percent.
Both House and Senate expect to deliver full budget bills by Friday, March 21.
Of course, both chambers have to negotiate the final spending package for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1.